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What would the world’s collective handwriting look like? BIC, makers of the ubiquitous ballpoint pen, is determined to get an answer.

The company is collecting individual’s handwriting from across the world in an effort to produce a “universal typeface.”  The Universal Typeface Experiment allows people from all over the world to submit handwritten letters of the alphabet into BIC’s massive database. A special algorithm then calculates an average that merges submissions into a “single ever-changing and always evolving typeface.”

So far, the website has had 863,757 submissions from 110 different countries. Visit the Universal Typeface website to explore existing contributions (sorted by age, gender, country, handedness, and industry) or to submit your own.