Some thoughts in no particular order...
By changing the typeface you could allegedly change the interface. The only thing that prevents you is the keyboard.
We need to think of fonts as software.
We need to rethink what the opentype format can mean as a design tool and/or file extension.
The file extension is the massage.
Some file extensions are inherently good for some things, the open type format is particularly good for archiving simple graphic shapes.
So with that in mind, I made this:
✒"Technology has made it possible to specify your own typographic material: not just letterforms but anything that you may want to put under a key stroke. Many designers still do not realize what this means.
This is sad [...] because new procedures cannot come just from type designers."
Counterpunch, Fred Smeijers, 1996
210 characters before
65,536 characters in opentype, yet we barely use 100.
The keyboard has primed us to hit the same keys over and over again.
typeface as notation
typeface as data,
typeface as statement
downloading as publishing
[lack of liquidity]
typeface as cabinet
To realize I was just making fancy dingbats/dividers...
google: dingbats ☞ rulers
Notes from the Cosmic Typewriter:
The Life and Work of Dom Sylvester Houédard
I learned 2 things:
1.-it's about typing: input as play
2.-the current system (font design software & text editor) punishes rotation and make height even for the sake of horizontality & legibility. The monk would have loved to be able to rotate his Olivetti.
The Gutenberg Galaxy
I think it's simply a thing we inherited from metal type.
Lots of asian languages are slowly becoming horizontal despite being originally vertical.