Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Alphabet Topography by Synoptic Office

Reminding us of Joy Division's debut album cover art "Unknown Pleasures", the designers from Synoptic Office have created the alphabet as a topographical and 3-D illustration of the frequency of sound each letter creates.  Or as they put it far more eloquently "The physical form of language is a record of collective memory. In this monotype typeface, the height of the letterforms is determined by how often a letter is used. This typeface maps the rhythmic ebb and flow of English. Each letter sits in a 6 x 6 inch square, allowing for any combination of letters to run seamlessly both vertically and horizontally." We were so struck by the beauty of this creation and the genius behind it we had to pass it on.

(via Fast Co.Design)

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