I created this chart as part of an earlier Kickstarter campaign in which I offered it as a bonus stretch goal reward. Only a small amount were printed and they quickly ran out.
After an image of the chart went viral on Twitter earlier this year, I've had several requests to have it reprinted so I've decided to do just that! But this time I'm making a larger, higher quality version. It will be 24x18" (a standard frame size) and printed on thick cardstock. Only 975 will be produced and they will all be numbered and hand-signed by me.
The chart shows how the letters used to write English (and many other languages) evolved from Proto-Sinaitic, through Phoenician, early Greek and early Latin, to their present forms. You can see how some letters were dropped and others ended up evolving into more than one letter. Note: this chart focuses on the evolution of the letter shapes, not their sounds.
I've titled the chart "Evolution of the Alphabet" but keep in mind that this particular chart only deals with the standard Latin script (as opposed to modern Greek, Cyrillic, or other alphabets). If you are interested in a comparison of all alphabets and writing systems used across the globe, I'd suggest this Writing Systems of the World chart.
And, if you're simply looking for an electronic version of the chart, you can actually download it for free here. This campaign is for those who want a high-quality limited edition print. Once the copies run out, I won't be re-stocking it in my regular store so if you want a printed copy, this is your chance!
Here's what the previous version looked like (Note: the new version will be slightly bigger):
Risks and challenges
I have done eight campaigns previous to this one and all eight have been funded. I produce and ship posters and prints full-time so I foresee no major problems.
Of course, sometimes packages get lost or damaged in the mail. If this happens, I will send a replacement to you free of charge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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