anatomy of letters | ancient icelandic letters

  • anatomy of letters
    my final project at the Iceland Academy of the Arts
  • This project contains the results of a research on alphabetic boundaries – if there are any. It challenges the traditional use of the alphabet, or letters, and questions the thresholds between sciences,media and form. The designer has imagined letters as organisms and thus taken the concept anatomy literally. The inspiration is sought to older books, educational books from the past on zoology and archaeology.The research is made visible for the public eye in an educational book, where the imagination of the reader is awakened and set free. 

    The book describes five ancient letters that were used in Iceland in the years 1200 - 1900 and two other old letters that are almost solely used in the Icelandic language. The five ancient letters are unknown to most native Icelanders and the aim of this project isto awaken and increase general interest in letters.
  • the book
    awarded GOLD in student catagory from Association of Icelandic Graphic Designers 2013
    awarded GOLD in student catagory from Art Directors Club of Europe 2013
  • the book was printed at Oddi printing company in Iceland on Munken Print Cream
  • the book was bound with special care at Bókavirkið in Iceland
  • The book is designed and bound in with a hint to educational books in the 1940's.
  • The information in the book contains bone structure, inner organs, personality and biology of the letters. Also basic typography anatomy.
  • An example of the information - bone structure of the Ancient letter - æ.
  • Bone structure of the seven letters in the book. From left: Thorn, High-Ess, Wyn, Rotunda, Ancient-æ, Ancient-ö, Eth. Five of the letters are extinct and two (Thorn and Eth) are endangered.
  • exhibition at Reykjavik Art Museum 2012
    Útskriftarsýning í Listasafni Reykjavíkur
  • A skull and vertebra's of Rotunda, found in the north of Iceland in 1994. Archaeologist believe that it is from 1250-1300.
  • A very whole skeleton of Wyn, also found in the north of Iceland in 1993. It is believed that a predator letter slayed the Wyn because it's skull was almost completely broken.
  • Exhibition at Reykjavík Art Museum 2012.
  • The Rotunda's skull.
  • exhibition at Reykjavik Art Museum 2013
    Association of Icelandic Graphic Designers
  • Association of Icelandic Graphic Designers awarded the book 2 price in the category "book design" 
  • The book and illustrations were also awarded 1 price in the student category
  • the making of: Anatomy of Letters
    a video
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