… joined Monotype as a typeface designer in 2013, with a background in fine art and ten years experience in album artwork, poster design, lettering and custom type projects. “The most useful typefaces are based on time-honoured shapes and proportions, while also bringing something fresh to the aesthetic plane,” he says.
The Letter ‘a’
The third most common letter in the English language (and second in both French and Spanish), the letter ‘a’ can trace its ancestry back to the Phonecian letter aleph, which itself was inspired by a proto-Sinaitic pictogram depicting a bull’s head. In English it’s used to depict six different vowel sounds (depending on context), and its premier place in the alphabet has meant usage in other spheres, to represent unknown quantities in algebra and the universal affirmative in logic.