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a project by
Steffen Bewer

The Visual Development of Typography

Symbols and signs expressed through typography are omnipresent in our daily lives. People use them to communicate with their own kind. The first pre-forms of today’s Latin alphabet emerged during the first millennium before Christ. Since then, writing has developed continuously throughout history, always adapting to the demands and circumstances of current media development and culture. With the chisel in stone, with the quill on papyrus, from the type case to the newspaper, from the computer to offset printing and through virtual simulation to digital space.
With every cultural and technical change, new possibilities in using typography come up. These new opportunities result in visual changes of our writing systems. Such changes are examined in my project on the basis of the historical development of type. Therefore, a digital exhibition in the form of a video has been developed as a contemporary representation of type.