Shapes as Letters

Writing System Topics
Vivian Cook

Over the years people have experimented with many different ways of conveying the letter shapes.

Human Alphabets

Human ABC

Devils Alphabet STU

Sources: Devil's Alphabet 1837, Clown's alphabet 1826, Human alphabet 1560. Devils alphabet 1837. Book: H. Demeude (1996), The Animated Alphabet, Thames and Hudson

People as Letters

People as Letters GPO


Other Objects used as Letters

Clock as O

London shop

Road markings as letters

Road markings in ad 1998




Chilli as Letter




Knives as Letters