ABOUT THE PROJECT

The project is centered on the problem of diacritics in type design. The aim is to find a coherent system for designing diacritics and to apply it to the various aesthetic classes of type designs.
The result should be an educational tool or guideline for dealing with diacritic marks in most common languages throughout the world. The result is a coherent solution that should help to make it easier to design diacritic marks in various languages. Instead of text descriptions, all solutions are shown by visual examples. The user can simply select a typeface similar to his design and follow – copy – the suggested processes and solutions.

13 categories have been selected; each represents one visual group – a certain group of font style. Each group contains several typefaces, the final number of used fonts is 27. All solutions are applied to them with the same formula/system – each glyph or set is comparable with any other within the system.

Many languages were consulted in depth with an adviser, a type designer who natively speaks the selected language.

Later, a manifesto of diacritics to clarify the background and needs of this project and to promote the main ideas and purposes was issued.

This work has begun as the diploma project at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Despite having graduated at Prague’s university, the project is still being developed. Many parts are still in progress based on feedback from various contributors.

In the near future the whole work will be published openly, probably as a website, book etc.

About this site
The aim of this website is not to show any specific solutions of the project. The main purpose of this website is to inform about the project, to clarify the approach to problem and to describe the research process. For more detailed info, detailed view, visual examples, consultation, or for adding accented glyphs to your font, do not hesitate to contact me.

The images on the homepage show various examples (both good and bad applications of adding diacritics to existing fonts), explanations, references – all of which refer to the topic in some way. It also shows the depth and perspective from which the problem has been approached. All references and images are being updated throughout the process.

Any comments, examples, or images which are in any way relevant the topic will be appreciated at radek (at) typo.cz