Glyph: A Visual Exploration of Punctuation Marks and Other Typographic Symbols
By Adriana Caneva and Shiro Nishimoto
Glyph is an analysis of the Latin alphabet’s depictions of marks and glyphs. Each mark, from & to *, has a summary of its usage and history, as well as a grid of the most interesting typographic variations. Who knew the ampersand was once a letter of the alphabet, for example?
This book will appeal to linguists, typographers, and design enthusiasts alike because of its striking design and packaging, including hard-cut greyboard edges and extensive use of neon throughout.
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Glyphs are the graphical symbols that are more or less universally used. Typical are the plus and the minus signs in mathematics. Margaret Mead, the American Anthropologist, suggested them as a means of a new international language. As a “Graphic Designer,” I like the particular meaning of Glyph as a symbol that is supposedly independent of language and culture.