Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

A Visual Map from A to Z

Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

A Visual Map from A to Z

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A visual map from A to Z Shapes for Sounds By Timothy Donaldson Mark Batty Publisher, $34.95, £20.95

Reviewed by Catherine Dixon

This book is the clearest introduction I've read to the story of how the alphabet we use has come into being. Though narrow-seeming in focus it is a book that sets out to broaden understanding of the idea of an alphabet, relating this visual form of language to its spoken origins and other graphic outcomes. The book is divided into two sections: 'Sound' addresses the basic principles of how we communicate orally and how we describe the sounds we make, and serves as an introduction to the 'Shape' section, which sets out the bulk of the content, initially as text followed by an extensive series of charts.

The textual themes tell the story of the evolution of the Latin alphabet historically, qualified by a contextual overview of other related alphabetic systems, allowing for some comparison. The significance of pre-fabrication methods on letters as forms is then considered, before the description of a typology of typingrelated alphabetic systems. …

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