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Tree Typography Sets Font Size Records

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 27, 2005

A wonderful piece on the ever excellent Google Sightseeing blog, looking at using trees to write words on the landscape.

Arboreal sign-writers agree that uppercase lettering is a no-brainer, as legibility is obviously impaired due to the decrease in the letter size… Here in Bismarck, North Dakota, the typographer has decided on a Grotesque sans serif face, not dissimilar to URW Grotesk Extra Light Condensed, and has chosen to set it at 261,354 point (approx.)

“261,354 point?” I hear you ask.

That’s nothing!

It also points out a forest’s worth of 2,592,000 point text in Texas…

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  1. frandowdsofa said,

    When you leave Wales travelling on the A40, on the hill to your right there is a pine forest, and you can clearly see EII laid out in darker trees. Been there since the Jubilee, some English landowner adding insult to injury.

    Haven’t got Google Earth on work machine, so can’t check whether you can see it or not.

  2. marypcb said,

    I think this is about five point…

  3. camies said,

    Million Point Bumbo indeed!

  4. pigeonhed said,

    In a Guinness Book Of Records I had as a child I recall a big advertising logo for somebody on the Nullarbor Plain in Australia, I think? Does that still exist and how does that compare in size?


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