This past week, I was happy to give this lecture at the ATypI conference in Montreal. Some resources and notes are below.
Here are links to the resources I mentioned in the talk:
- The Insects Project
- The Diacritics project
- On Diacritics
- Language as Design Criteria, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Vietnamese Typography
- Polish Diacritics: How To?
- Thorn and Eth: how to get them right
- Context of Diacritics
- Fancy Diacritics on Flickr
I should also correct myself by saying that even though that “Münstermann” sign shares the u/n identification issue found it Kurrentschrift, it is not actually done in that style. Sorry about that!
Also, multiple people approached me after my talk and mentioned that in some languages/regions, one might see accents simplified due to the lack of availability of type supporting those accents. And of course, some simplifications that I showed will make sense in some languages but not in others.
Finally, huge thanks to ATypI for this opportunity, and to the folks that helped provide images and insights, including: Rui Abreu, Marina Chaccur, Florian Hardwig, Indra Kupferschmid, Albert-Jan Pool, Nick Sherman, Grzegorz Rolek, and Donny Troung.