Inexhaustible creator of letters and alphabets

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Abstract

It really is a shame that the only way to be truly amazed by things that jump off the flat page, or twist and turn, fold, swell up, or create incredible pop-up buildings is to leaf through the pages of children's books, following the adventures of their heroes as they make their way through the fragments of landscapes they are called on to cross, through forests and valleys, in and out of tiny houses, castles and ravines, past dinosaurs and dragons, through ocean beds with octopuses and sperm whales, imaginary spaces. The shapes of the heroes of these tales rise up from the pages of the books they dwell in, like the memory of some unpunished crime, as if they too feel the same strong sense of wonder that we do, springing into action to tread the boards of the pages once inhabited by their bodies. In some contexts the passage from two to three dimensional landscapes, i.e. from a flat to a pop-up world, which is naturally more similar to the one we actually inhabit, continues to amaze us, in that it is still unexpected, something that nearly always takes us by surprise, catches us off guard.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Typographer‘s Guide to the Galaxy
Pages92-97
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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