The Ethiopic writing system: a typographic approach

Jérémie Hornus


This dissertation provides the necessary background necessary to the design of Ethiopic typefaces, by defining the Ethiopic script in a typographic context. There is sparse coverage in Western literature on both practical and theoretical levels. The first part of this dissertation describe the current state of the script and defines keywords. Script and languages have then been compared in order to illustrate the flexible nature of the Ethiopic script. An historical overview draws the development of the script in its graphic representation. This part shows how tightly the Ethiopic script is linked to handwriting, and to what extend one type design in particular has had a dominant influence on the current forms of the script. The final part of this dissertation shares guidelines and the author’s experience on the design of a new Ethiopic typeface.

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