Writing to Typo: Rebus Writing

Lecture 1: Writing to Typography

From the first lecture, the introduction of the rebus principle was what piqued my curiosity.

Rebus writing is the usage of existing symbols to represent sounds of the spoken word. After some research, I understand that there were two main types of sound writing evolved from the development and extension of the rebus principle; syllabic and alphabetic writing. While English is purely alphabetic, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs can demonstrate both types of writing.

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