Friday, December 29, 2006

Letters are signs for sounds

Roman inscriptions were carved in capital letters into stone.
As an early scribe eloquently put it, the beauty of the lapidary letter resides in a principle as simple as it is inspired: a stroke of shade, a flash of light.

Today’s inscriptions are on paper or on a computer screen.
The letters name is :fonts.
There is a story that in 1501 Aldo Manuzio introduced a type that would get more words to the page, to produce cheaper editions. He was Italian, so the style was called italics.
Burmese script is rounded because, written on palm leaves, straight strokes would have cut the fabric.
Chinese ideograms are composed of strokes and flicks as they were rendered by brush.
Western capitals are angular because they were chiseled in stone, lower-case letters fluid as they were written with a quill.
Form follows technology.
The invention of printing imposed its own constraints.
Today the computer is both tool and material.
Frutiger, typeface designer, began inside out by superimposing variations of the same letter in different typefaces.
Today, you can find all the fonts you can fancy at .

It brings you the most amazing collection of free fonts and free dingbats on the web, with over 8,000 freeware.
They even tell you how to make your own fonts.
Google is the best known, even if not the best looking, logo in the world.
Do you want to know the font in which it is written?
Click the link and you will.

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