25 Jan 2011
(updated 25 Jan 2011 at 19:08 UTC) »
Experience the many shapes of language: an open font
exhibition in London
It's great to see the continued efforts to raise awareness
about the wide variety of glyphs and writing systems the
world needs to be able to read and write properly!
Letters are relatively small but truly crucial building
blocks of our languages, both containers and interfaces of
knowledge, identity and life.
It's exciting to see that, for example, the
work around the Ubuntu open
font will be featured as part of the Shape
my Language installation at the London Museum of Design
by DaltonMaag and
design team. A
similar exhibition took place in Vienna last year albeit
with a focus on other more restricted fonts...
And even if "dozens of different scripts" may not entirely
reflect all the variety of writing systems out there, it's
certainly an excellent step forward to have such a prominent
exhibition focus on the subject. What a great opportunity
to bring the values of linguistic diversity, collaborative
typography and open font design to a wider audience and
allow visitors to experience and react to
thousands of beautiful glyphs. Hopefully many visitors will
also discover what the spirit of Ubuntu brings to the world
of type design and how unrestricted software - including
fonts - can help.
Congratulations to everyone involved!