Communication Design


NORM/ABC – The Things

The Latin font is broken down into its most basic graphic elements: the «abstract» pictorial signs that may be read with code, and the «real» ones that do not depend on it. Plus also the «unreadable» characters that have no message to convey. On this basis a «construction diagram» of the Latin font can be built up. This results in 65,535 possible combinations of characters, including letters that the alphabet does not take into account. In the outcome the authors come to the conclusion that the Latin font was defective in its original conception, even though it came to be adopted.