I find typography endlessly fascinating. A beautifully designed font can arouse in me an almost rapturous sense of well being, akin to viewing a fine painting. In creating alphabet sets, graphic artists such as Paul Thurby (above) delight with their playful reworkings of these core elements of communication.
A quick search of the Daedalus online catalogue reveals no fewer than seven items focused on alphabets, ranging from 100 display fonts to calligraphy to Hebrew letters and Christmas pop-up alphabets (below) to ruminations on cuisine by Alexandre Dumas.
|The colored cards in Robert Sabuda's Christmas Alphabet open to reveal origami-like cutouts depicting each of the letters. All of them are white, except for W, a stained glass window, and X, which is illustrated with red and white candy canes.|
|Letter from the "Hebrew Alphabet" notecards|