Alphabet Topography

Laser cut letters say more than words

Words are a great way to send a message; to record, document or transfer thoughts and ideas. But have you ever given much thought to the letters that make up these words we use so freely every day?

Here is an interesting project that set out to do just that. Caspar Lam and YuJune Park from Synoptic Office created Alphabet Topography, where the physical forms of letters have a direct relationship to how often they are used.

“…we developed it from a desire to explore the idea of language landscapes”

The above image shows how the characters W or G are hardly raised at all, whereas vowels and more frequently used consonants tower above. This provides a strong visual message as the role of each letter in the English language is revealed in a whole new light.

Alphabet Topography via Colossal