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.

It is pretty funny thinking how the pioneers of the written language started by playing charades and Pictionary.

After learning about the rebus principle, I can use it for future design projects, adding depth and interactivity to it.



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