Making a splash

This exercise in typographic distortion relies heavily on software manipulation. That said, the results are fascinating.

According to the magazine Digital Arts, the creators of the type, Hussain and Ali Amossawi, brothers based in Bahrein, were curious about how letterforms and liquids could be combined.

The letters were built in Autodesk 3Ds Max by extruding them from two-dimensional type to a depth sufficient for liquids to flow through them in a visually pleasing way.

These shapes were then passed to RealFlow fluid simulation software, which plugs into Autodesk’s 3D suite. A particle emitter was used to fill them with “paint” as if poured from a faucet.

Once each letter was filled, the liquid was released from the constraints of the letter shape, letting it explode.

You can see animations of the complete process at the skyrill website.

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