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“English Language” poster

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Mar 14th, 2018. Artwork published in .
    Source: Michael Ciancio. License: All Rights Reserved.

    “Basically this was a conclusion I came to at the end of my one-year stay in Europe.”

    Michael Ciancio’s homage to the diversity of diacritical marks found in European languages represents an early and rather charming example of what Christoph called “diacritics madness”. The use of such faux diacritics became an annoying trope in font marketing and elsewhere, see also this older post about Misereor’s Vietnam campaign. There must be historical antecedents for this. If you know of any, let us know!

    Source: License: All Rights Reserved.

    This reprise is different not only in the colors, but also in several of the characters and letterforms. The inclusion of a section sign (§)—which neither is an alphabetic character nor foreign to the English language—kind of dilutes the message.


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    1 Comment on ““English Language” poster”

    1. Thiago says:
      Mar 14th, 2018  8:07 pm

      Well, they’re mostly not that interesting to natives. We on the other hand wish more fonts had our characters.

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