27 April 2006

Further look at the sound of language transcribed visually


Takeluma is a "sound symbolic, phonetic alphabet" by artist Peter Cho, and was his MFA thesis project (PDF) in the UCLA department of Design | Media Arts. vade was kind enough to pass this along to me, in response to some more in-depth conversations we're having about symbols.

To check out more on this sort of stuff, please check out A wee introduction to cymatics — the study of vibration — which doesn't shy away from esoteric concepts. I've recently also come across this interesting design article by Frank Armstrong, entitled "Hearing Type," which is available there on the AIGA site. From a qualitative perspective, Armstrong takes an analogous approach to typography and the four properties of sound or tone: amplitude, duration, pitch, and timbre.

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