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MEAN 26 was inspired by Alphabet 26, Bradbury Thompson’s famous 1950 proposal for redesigning the alphabet. The idea was that there would be just one case, favoring the uppercase forms except for a, e, m and n, totaling 26. There would be a large and small version of each to use as capitals. Thompson used the distinctive Baskerville for his prototype, and Alphabet 26 owes it much of its beauty to that choice. For my fonts, I’ve retooled public-domain versions of 3 popular text fonts and adjusted the weights in an attempt to balance the big and little letters. Avoid… continued

My BOSTON LINE fonts were inspired by Boston Line Type, developed in the 1830s by Samuel Gridley Howe (left) for use in raised-letter printing for the blind.  The odd diamond-shaped a, d, and o and generous spacing give the inkless, embossed pages a strange beauty.  A variety of books were eventually printed with this distinctive type, including a beautiful Bible of in 1842. Many blind people found Roman letters difficult to read and all such systems were eventually replaced by Braille.  Howe’s legacy lives on in Boston’s Perkins School for the Blind, which he founded. The compatible PHILADELPHIA LINE fonts… continued

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