Maddy: How do you know about them?
Sascia: I wouldn’t say I have an exceptionally great memory. People tell me that I know a little bit about a lot of things. Sometimes if I see something, it reminds me of what I already know but forgot about. I remember things through a prompt. So Johannes asked me: “What if aliens had the ten commandments?” And then all these references in my memory came back to me. For Oracle, I started looking at experiments in movement, astrology, and notation styles.
Mathias: Oracle is called Oracle in reference to the Oracle of Delphi in Ancient Greek mythology, who breathed in fumes to make her predictions. So that’s also where the campaign video’s smokiness came from. We also wondered: Could Oracle be an alien, too? And so we made it into this creature. That’s where the mascot came from, which you see in the poster.
Sascia: So we reference the Ancient Greek aspect in a metaphor. But then we also show the technical aspect of how the font is drawn using the mascot, specifically the subfamily Oracle Triple, which has a bounding box that’s been segmented into units of thirds. Our mascot, she stands in three positions, taking up three units of space like the typeface. And she also moves from upright to italic, like the font.