Polytechnic

The personal brain-dump of Garrett Coakley

800 Languages in a Single Typeface

Noto is a collaboration between Monotype and Google to create a typeface covering over 100 writing systems and more than 800 languages.

The brief, “No more tofu”, tofu being the nickname for the blank boxes that you see when a computer lacks support for a particular character. So that’s a thing I learned today.

There are some characters you can only see on stones. If you don’t move them to the web, over time those stones will become sand and we’ll never be able to recover those drawings or that writing.

I love this kind of project, that touches on communication, history, society, and preserving the past.