Dead Words: A Typography Exploration Project by Karen To

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Dead Words: A Typography Exploration Project by Karen To

Karen To set out to explore and rebirth The Dead Words. Through these typographic studies, she aims to rediscover and interpret words from a modern perspective, molding the letters and words into a subtle or literal representation of their definitions.

Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography

Over the centuries, "thousands of English words have been created, modified, and removed," and all of the words she explores were once regularly used in the English language, while today, many of them are omitted from the average English dictionary. Through her lettered illustrations she hopes to bring light to the forgotten words and meanings before they are lost forever, through both traditionally inspired letters and modern illustrations.

Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography

Her favorite aspect of the project is the encouragement of collective spirit with other designers. When she gets stuck on visualizing a word, she finds that by enlisting help and interpretation from other talented designers, the dead words can find a voice as a typographic piece where they might otherwise have remained silent.

Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography
Design, deadwords, typography

If you knew all of these definitions without the image hints, please accept my sincerest props.

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Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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