Language is not an invention. As best we can tell it is an evolved feature of the human brain. There have been almost countless languages humans have spoken. But they all follow certain rules that grow out of the wiring of the human brain and human cognition. Critically, it is something that is hardwired into us. Writing is an altogether different and artificial thing.
Friday, June 7th, 2019
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
I love this idea (and implementation)—instead of treating braille signage as something “separate but equal”, this typeface attempts to unify lettering and braille into one.
Braille Neue is a universal typeface that combines braille with existing characters. This typeface communicates to both the sighted and blind people in the same space.
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Neither matters all that much and you can use every method on the same project without the universe imploding.
Some interesting approaches in the comments too.
Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
A fascinating thought experiment from Ted Chiang:
So let’s imagine a world in which Chinese characters were never invented in the first place. Given such a void, the alphabet might have spread east from India in a way that it couldn’t in our history, but, to keep this from being an Indo-Eurocentric thought experiment, let’s suppose that the ancient Chinese invented their own phonetic system of writing, something like the modern Bopomofo, some thirty-two hundred years ago. What might the consequences be?
Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Twenty-six letters of independent publishing building blocks.
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
The alphabet illustrated with CSS.
Monday, September 26th, 2011
Take all the fonts on your operating system, superimpose them, and whaddya get? This.
Saturday, August 14th, 2010
A wonderful history of our alphabet. Set aside some time to read this.
Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Kanji characters that transform into the animal they represent.
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
A nice explanation of the ruby element in HTML5: very handy for marking up phonetic pronunciation.
Saturday, September 27th, 2008
Could it be that the inability of 8-bit computers to render Kanji had a direct influence on the direction of Japan's electronic product design and economy?