Typography for Suunto Cobra2 and Vyper2 dive computers
Recently Underware teamed up with Suunto
to develop the screen typography and information graphics for Suunto's new Cobra2 and Vyper2 dive computers. Both computers feature a single colour matrix display that handles pixel and segment graphics.
The good legibility and clear infographics become crucial when you're at deep waters under the dim light conditions. Large size segment numbers at the top part of the screen work for the most essential information. These new segment numbers go beyond the ordinary geometric grid - each segment is carefully planned to support the anatomy of numbers. Slightly round overall shape is more eye-friendly than the industry standard square shape.
Functions and features like electronic compass, log book, dive profiles,
dive simulator, depth display and 3 operating modes needed a clear typographic structure, many pixel fonts and icon designs that match with the typography.
Left: all segments lit on - the puzzle for maximum size with logical coordinating is finished. Right: the device in real action.
Some screenshots of real life situations.
A masculine & sporty outfit of segment numbers. Main focus on clear character recognition.
A sketch for large cubic pixel numbers. Rounder cornered numbers are used in the final product.
Same size, but with maximum fit of 6 digits.
Custom made font for highly legible capitalized words at micro size. Style matches with the segment numbers.
The legibility trick: simple forms, wide spacing, large counters, thick body.
The sketch for the main pixel font. This size handles most of the text information.
A large x-height is generous for the counter shapes.
Lots of information and very little space available? Make it condensed!
At Suunto's official website
you can find more info about Cobra2