This isn’t actually a full alphabet – yet – but it’s an interesting project that combines mapping, image processing, architecture and typography.
Benedikt Groß, a data visualisation designer, and Joey Lee, a geographer, are collaborating on a successfully-funded Kickstarter to seek out letterforms in satellite imagery. Whatever typeface comes out the other end of this process will be a neat little curiosity piece, but Groß and Lee’s more serious focus is on offering “non-domain experts (e.g. artists, designers, citizen scientists, etc.) a set of tools to source their own datasets and inspire people from all backgrounds to explore geographic data.”