This modular alphabet has been laser cut in 6” squares from architectural butter board. The height is each letter is based on word frequency as defined by the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, which as creator, YuJune, observes is almost identical to word frequency as defined by old linotype machines. Not much has changed then in nearly 200 years!
Created by Yale-graduates Caspar Lam and YuJune Park of Synoptic Office, Alphabet Topography is a physical examination of letterforms as it relates to usage frequency. Vowels and consonants like “R” and “T” were given more vertical prominence while lesser-used letters like “W” and “G” hardly make a blip.