Cartesian is a modular typeface that gets its namesake from Descartes’s cartesian coordinate plane and Conway’s Game of Life. Each character is composed of cells that each can be considered either on or off (alive or dead.)

The Cartesian family includes Cartesian Serif and Cartesian Sans Serif. Furthermore, both Cartesian Serif and Sans Serif letterforms feature two-to-one stroke contrast.

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Cartesian’s modular structure lends iteself perfectly to creating square dot field characters of varying density. Its easy then to imagine images like these being typed out.

its also easy to recreate Cartesian in many situations. for example in a Conway’s Game of Life style interactive program. Or even to construct it geometrically.


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