Aesthetic Innovation in Indigenous Typefaces: Designing a Lushootseed Font

It’s still possible for a type designer to create a single typeface and have an impact on an entire language and culture. Juliet Shen did just that when she designed a Lushootseed font for the Tulalip tribe in Washington state. In this article, she outlines the various aspects of the project, her design process and the general role of new typeface designs in language preservation. The project even included a collaboration with the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

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