The Evolution of Type: Anatomy Explorations by Andreas Scheiger

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The Evolution of Type: Anatomy Explorations by Andreas Scheiger

Design, type, evoloution

The Evolution of Typography series is another example of playful type specimen design. Vienna-based designer Andreas Scheiger constructed these studies to explore the life inherent in letters.

Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution

He was inspired by this quote from Frederic W. Goud: "Of all the achievements of the human mind, the birth of the alphabet is the most momentous. Letters, like men, have now an ancestry, and the ancestry of words, as of men, is often a very noble possession, making them capable of great things. indeed, it has been said that the invention of writing is more important than all the victories ever won or constitutions devised by man. The history of writing is, in a way, the history of the human race, since in it are bound up, severally and together, the development of thought, of expression, of art, of intercommunication, and of mechanical invention.(...) A letter should possess an esthetic quality that is organic, an essential of the form itself and not the result of mere additions to its fundamental form nor to meaningless variations of it."

Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution

Andreas says, "When my eyes crossed this excerpt of famous type designer Frederic W. Goudy´s "The Alphabet and Elements of Lettering" (1918) suddenly letters full of life showed in my mind´s eye. Letters are organisms and typefaces are the species, all classified similar to biological taxonomy! I drafted this cognition in a chart for print and in order to prove my finding to the interested audience I took one step further. I surgically opened the letters S, Z, S, A, W and how contented I was to discover muscles, veins, tendons and bone just like the ones shared by so many living creatures."

Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution
Design, type, evoloution

See the construction process at Andreas's blog.
Design, type, evoloution

Some other posts you might enjoy on our design blog:

Typografly Specimens by Happycentro
Bibliophobia Book Type by Matthew Young
Dimensional Typography Designs and Prints by Studotwentysix2

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Jessica Patterson

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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