His fascination with the odd division of small compartments led Martin Bircher to developing the Type Case, a low resolution display with 125 rectangular pixels of different sizs.
The installation used a European-style printer’s type case to embed digitally controlled LEDs in each compartment of the tray. The standardized fragmentation of the different compartments mean that the density of the visual information is decreased towards the centre of the object. When it’s viewed from nearby it becomes almost impossible to notice more than a mere flicker. The viewer needs to move away for the display to become distinguishable, and for the lights and shows to give a representation of the latest headlines.
Type Case was developed to fetch RSS feeds of newspaper headlines. These are then converted into a single font and displayed using the Type Case.