An Atlas About Letterforms. An Atlas About Letterforms Letters to investigate the format of the Atlas today
The project will investigate the structure of an atlas through letterforms. Originally, letterforms were signs and this, they still are today. They were able to represent the world and, especially in early publications of maps, cities were designated by a letter. Over the years, letterforms changed their forms, time after time, just as atlases did; and depending on which typeface, each letter changed its shape. In the atlas shown, all the possibilities contained in letterforms will be explored through a specific structure that is one of the most frequent ones used in atlases today. It provides the reader with an overview and then, chapter by chapter, delves deeper into an analysis of the content, providing the reader with a possibility to form an idea at the end. The study of the letterforms will show different perspectives of letters, attempting to let readers explore these shapes for themselves by collecting information. The goal of the publication is to confront readers with the main question of “what is an atlas like today?” and try and discover, through the treatment of letterforms, how an atlas works. Another important point is that the product, in contemporary times, that we are most often in front of is a display and, thus, our way to look at things has changed. Today, an atlas seeks to create a mixture between a typical atlas book and our contemporary way of observing and exploring things.
- Leander Eisenmann; Invar Hollaus; Susanne Käser