Monday, January 26, 2009

Old Style Letter Forms Carried Through the Centuries

Since the Egyptians influenced the development of the alphabet, the written forms of communication have changed with each culture that inherited it. Contributions have been made from the Asian to Roman to Egyptian styles and forms. Each created their own interpretation of the written language. Some branched off while others refined their inheritances. Throughout the years, the written word has gone from holy and only accessible and understood by few to widespread and passed on to educate and expand the knowledge of the masses. The form changes were based on culture, mathematics, beauty, and simplicity for reproduction. Seeing the letter form make these transitions inspires an appreciation for the ease with which we are able to manipulate and reproduce letters, words, and full texts today.

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