Google Type is the new tool for making ransom notes, uses Google Images to generate fonts

Google Type (not a Google product) turns your message into an image font using images around the web.

Published Mon, Nov 26 2012 6:27 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:26 PM CST

Here's a fun new website to mess around with: Google Type. Google Type uses Google's image search engine to create a custom "font" from images found around the web. It manages this feat by using a quirk in Google's image search. If you type in just a letter into Google Images, it will return a bunch of pictures that are that letter.

Google Type is the new tool for making ransom notes, uses Google Images to generate fonts |

For instance, above I used Google Type to make TweakTown out of letters found around the internet. While you can't really use this as a font, it could just become the next tool for making ransom letters. No longer will I have to scrounge around newspapers and magazines for letters to cut out and glue into a message. After all, this is becoming increasingly difficult as papers go out of business.

Google Type comes from a group called the Internet Club, which is composed of web developers from Brussels, Belgium. They go by the tagline "Because Internet gave us so much we decided to give back." It's good to see them doing something for the benefit of the web--well, sort of--rather than the detriment.

Enjoy the tool for what it's worth.


Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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