25 Jan 2011 yosch   » (Master)

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 Canonical's 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!

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