Itto

As Japan entered the Meiji era, there was increased trade and communication with Europe and the United States. A number of linguists and designers hoped to create a reformed Japanese script and do away with kanji. This typeface is based on one such attempt at typographic reform: The New Japanese Script, created by Itto Kojima in 1886. A 24 character roman-based alphabet was created, as well as 4 horizontal snap-on bars, and an encapsulating box that each created variants. In total, there were 204 characters that represented 609 different sounds. A simple alphabet became complex and difficult to penetrate. A commercially unreleased digital version of this typeface was created to explore failed attempts at orthographic reform.