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Weird And Wonderful, Yet Still Illegible

By Alastair Johnston

First a question (or perhaps a Freudian jab at your subconscious): What does this shape represent?

A shape that could be a trowel, a duck, an ornamental motif, a seed-pod, or  Aladdin's lamp.

Could it be a trowel, a duck, an ornamental motif, or a seed-pod? I know, Aladdin’s Lamp! What if I told you it was an alphabetic character? What alphabet would you assign to it? Cham? Telugu? Perhaps it has the cursive quality of South Asian letterforms, created on bamboo strips (or palm leaves) and written with the pen held in one’s fist… doesn’t it?

It has been said that “we read best what we read most”. This quote was used as a type specimen in Emigre magazine in the late 1980′s by Zuzana ...

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