This project is my PostBacc Thesis from MICA. I thought it would be a fun experiment to explore what written language might look like if we chose to reevaluate the usefulness of our current alphabet and play with what it might become if we were to create one using modern tools. This project was developed with the guidance of Sandra Maxa, Jason Gottlieb and Kiel Mutschelknaus at MICA.

Box Lingo is an animated typeface named for the boxy shapes of the characters. The characters show the viewer how to say individual phonemes using a simple set of base symbols that represent the human mouth in profile. Characters demonstrate top-of-mouth, lower jaw, throat and tongue positions. Animated elements establish emphasis, airflow and vibration.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

The exhibition included an interactive iPad app built to demonstrate how the language works, as well as other collateral materials such as posters and a web site that gave a history of constructed languages for deeper context.