<< A Typeface for Spoken Language >>

Speaking is a typeface for spoken language. It is a typographic system that attempts to visualize speech graphically, reflecting changes in pitch/melody (speaking high or low), stress (speaking loud or soft), and duration. Shifting the letterform’s baseline reflects varying pitch, and manipulating the letterforms either vertically or horizontally is indicative of changing stress and duration, respectively.

The typeface contains twenty-seven families, each appropriately named: Speaking, Speaking higher, Speaking lower, Speaking louder, Speaking louder and higher, Speaking louder and lower, Speaking softer, Speaking softer and higher, Speaking softer and lower, Speaking quicker, Speaking quicker and higher, Speaking quicker and lower, Speaking quicker and louder, Speaking quicker and louder and higher, Speaking quicker and louder and lower and so on....

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