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2000+ symbols. 51 writing systems. 1 wallchart.
2000+ symbols. 51 writing systems. 1 wallchart.
275 backers pledged CA$ 10,984 to help bring this project to life.

We did it!

Posted by Matt Baker (Creator)

With just hours left to go, we reached our stretch goal! This means that everyone who pledged above $5 will receive a free "Evolution of the English Alphabet" mini poster.

Everyone will be receiving a link tomorrow to a form where you can fill out your mailing address and if you ordered the gold package, choose what name and color you'd like to see on your custom print. In some cases, I may email you for additional feedback on the pronunciation of your name :)

A few last minute changes on the main chart to note:

  • Ethiopic was moved to the Abugida section
  • Lao, Syriac, Maritime Signal Flags, and the Prisoner Tap Code were added
  • Mongolian was removed as there was some disagreement between my editors on where it belonged and how it should be displayed (I hope to eventually make a Part 2 poster and will include it there instead)
  • Several of the scripts in the alphabet section were changed from a san serif font to a serif font in order to better demonstrate the subtle differences between them

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals who helped edit and/or promote the project:

  • Simon Ager, Founder & Manager of (as well as several members of the Omniglot Facebook group) 
  • Doug Barr, Linguist
  • Tim Brookes, President of the Endangered Alphabets Project (and several of his Facebook followers)
  • Peter T. Daniels, Co-editor of The World's Writing Systems & Current President of the International Linguistics Association
  • Charles Lippert, Linguist
  • Sameer ud Dowla Khan, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Reed College
  • Juan José Marcos, Author of the Alphabetum Unicode font
  • Ben Mitchell, Typeface designer for The Fontpad
  • Steve Pepper, Linguistics Research Fellow, University of Oslo
  • Malachi Ray Rempen, Creator of the Itchy Feet Travel & Language Comic
  • Malcolm Thompson, Lecturer in Chinese History

Finally, here's some shots of the proof sheets from the printers. After staring at it on the computer screen for many months, it was nice to finally see it on paper!




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      Steve Pepper on

      It's looking great, Matt!