Does anybody know if there is a name for a picture of a face made from the actual letters of a name?

This picture from the band T'Pau's album cover is a good example what I'm looking for - Heart and Soul album cover

I saw a set of them at an art gallery years ago that used different people's first names, but I haven't been able to find anything since and no look with google.

  • Nitpicky, but which album cover? I can't see the image you've posted.
    – Lou
    Jul 8, 2014 at 20:27
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    Pictures made of characters are commonly called ASCII art, but I wouldn't call that album cover ASCII.
    – Anonym
    Jul 8, 2014 at 20:31
  • It was the cover of "Heart and Soul". Try this link en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_and_Soul_(T'Pau_song)
    – Mark R
    Jul 8, 2014 at 20:31
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    Gotcha. I agree that's not ASCII art.
    – Lou
    Jul 8, 2014 at 20:38
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    Henohenomoheji (へのへのもへじ) or hehenonomoheji (へへののもへじ) is related. It is a face drawn using hiragana characters.
    – ermanen
    Jul 8, 2014 at 22:07

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This image appears to be an autologlyph as illustrated at segerman.org.

This form of expression is discussed in out sister site, Graphic Design, here.

The technique has also been called visual onomatopoeia as illustrated in Scientific American

Lauren Ipsum has suggested a neologism, fontomatopoeia.

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