The number two
The first and only even prime number, the glyph that represents two can trace itself back to the Brahmin Indians who, rather understandably, expressed the number with two horizontal lines. Both the Chinese and Japanese languages still use this method. Having been rotated and joined over time, these two marks finally came to resemble what we would understand as ‘2’ during the era of the Ghubar Arabs, who constructed much of our present day alphabet. In China, two is a lucky number and it’s common to use the word ‘double’ in brand names (think Double Coin or Double Elephant) because of its fortuitous significance.
…is the founder of Perth-based studio Chil3 and a fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers. Previously a designer at the National Film Theatre, Chilcott has worked with leading publishing houses, newspapers and designers in Australia and the UK, and art directed several cultural events and fest