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August 11, 2011 6:41 AM   Subscribe

"Running Alphabet is a project by the designer and runner Joan Pons Moll. The purpose of it is to run every character from the alphabet, captured by GPS and create a complete typeface from it. This is a collaborative initiative so if you are interested in running a letter go to participate and follow the instructions. Ready, Type, Go!"

"I’m cool with running all characters, but your help will be appreciated so I will be able to rest. If you are interested in running a character, just send me an e-mail with the following: an image of your route (same size as the ones I upload), a link to the complete RunKeeper stats and your contact details (name, mail, web, city, country). The only requirement is that the character distance can not be less than 5 km. Thank you."
posted by OmieWise (17 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Dibs on the letter Z.
posted by Fizz at 6:45 AM on August 11, 2011


How the f--- am I going to do lowercase I ?
posted by Bathtub Bobsled at 6:49 AM on August 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Long jump.
posted by The Ultimate Olympian at 6:53 AM on August 11, 2011


How the f--- am I going to do lowercase I ?

I know a way and there will even be cake and grief counseling.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 6:54 AM on August 11, 2011 [4 favorites]




This is awesome. I normally use Nike+ but maybe I’ll get RunKeeper just to do a letter for her.

The App Store says the RunKeeper app is compatible with iPad. I am now picturing someone running down the street with an iPad.
posted by spitefulcrow at 7:10 AM on August 11, 2011


So fun! When my boyfriend got his fancy little Garmin watch, I tried to convince him to go run around in a big field and draw pictures. But noooo, fitness is seeerious business, no time for frivolity. (Also, something about not wanting to look like a dork running around by himself in a big field.)
posted by phunniemee at 7:14 AM on August 11, 2011


Also, something about not wanting to look like a dork running around by himself in a big field

To be a runner is to kinda be a dork, period. I don't mind though, it's a great feeling.
posted by Fizz at 7:24 AM on August 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Man, her life is going to be about 256 times harder because of Unicode.
posted by Jpfed at 7:28 AM on August 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


(Joan is actually a dude's name in Catalan - it's the equivalent of Juan and is pronounced the same.)
posted by elizardbits at 7:30 AM on August 11, 2011


When does punctuation start?
posted by blue_beetle at 7:49 AM on August 11, 2011


Oh, neat! This looks like fun.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:32 AM on August 11, 2011


For the lowercase i and j wouldn't you have to shut the GPS off? Jumping from one area to another would still leave a trail just a change in altitude right?

My friend did something similar to this, except he biked, and he spelled out "marry me?" while his fiancée was at the spa. It wasn't perfect but it was readable. And she did say yes, so I guess thats what counts the most.
posted by lilkeith07 at 10:18 AM on August 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'll sit here and be the period.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 10:35 AM on August 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


So, I've been running an 'o' for years (rarely, mind you, and always lowercase -- I'm not ambitious) without ever realizing it? I feel a little like Monsieur Jordan, discovering that he's been speaking prose all this time.
posted by .kobayashi. at 11:17 AM on August 11, 2011


The asterisk might be interesting.
posted by bz at 11:00 AM on August 12, 2011


If you put all my runs this year together they spell out FREE JAMES BROWN with every box of cornflakes.
posted by Kafkaesque at 1:06 PM on August 12, 2011


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