Hebrew Typography: A Modern Progression of Language Form

Abstract:

Typography is the study of alphabetic letterforms from varying linguistic cultures, and is interdisciplinary as it incorporates multiple subjects such as sociology, linguistics, psychology, and aesthetics. As “phonetic images”, typographic characters develop a connection between seeing and comprehending a message by the viewer. The development of Hebrew typography from 20th century modernity, provided a climate for a “new era” in Hebrew letterform design. The newly formed Jewish state of Israel, encouraging a “revival” of the Hebrew language, developed a need for the visual Hebrew language to progress. The article will review developments of Hebrew typography through the early formation of the Jewish state of Israel, and discusses the work of Eliyahu Koren in his creation of the Koren Bible type and Koren Tanakh.

 

Keywords: Visual Communication, Typgraphy, Hebrew