Anatomy of a typeface - Anatomy within type
Born in Bourges around 1480 and died in Paris before 14 October 1533, was a French humanist and an engraver, best known for adding written letters in French. His life's work has heavily influenced French publishing to this day.
He related the proportions in letters to proportions in the human body in Champ-fleury, auquel est contenu l'art et science de la vraie proportion des lettres antiques selon le corps et visage humain (Paris, 1529).
Giovannino de Grassi
Medieval manuscripts, the early wholly drawings work of - Giovannino de Grassi
Intrigued by anatomy and physiology, this typeface was designed as a homage to the intricacies of the human body. The type specimen poster is representative of the style anatomical documentation. If existing only as letters, there is no cohesion, but, like the human body, if all systems are put together the letters are easily seen as such.
Aprile - The unfinished body typeface
"The alphabet compares our culture with medieval folk culture where life and death was the same thing and always happened simultaneously. Bakhtin argues that the grotesque ornament was the ultimate symbol for this, where human, animal and plant form intertwined."
Bone fracture alphabet
Handmade Type is a typographic experiment by designer Tien-Min Liao wherein shapes painted on her hands are transformed by gestures to create letterforms. However she gave herself a unique constraint: the painted figures on her hands for each individual letter had to be utilized for all variations of the letter, both upper and lowercase and sometimes even italic and handwritten. See more examples and the full alphabet over on Behance.