This morning I have been using Word to try to find a font that would enable me to show different ways of writing “Hello”. My choices were limited as most fonts just turned into those squares that you see usually. I have been using Google Translate to help me try to find how different countries write Hello, one font that I found that allowed me to do this was 华文宋体 which put into Google Translate, translated to “Chinese Song”.

I plan to use as many languages as I can that doesn’t turn into the squares. A few that I am able to use are Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Esperanto, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, English, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, Georgian, Hebrew, Macedonian, Korean, Urdu, Swedish, Ukrainian, Yiddish, German and Hindi.

But in terms of using programs such as Photoshop and InDesign I think I will have to use different fonts for whatever allows the symbols to show up.

Scan 4

This is my notebook while I was trying to find a font that would allow me to use things such as Japanese characters.

Scan

This is the front page of my idea, I plan to have it as a simple A4 sheet but I will have it look tea-stained and crumpled up like an ancient piece of paper with the different ways people write “Hello” including Morse code and Egyptian hieroglyphs. I plan to have the words scattered around the center of the page and in a font that is easy to read. I plan to have at the top of the page “15 Minutes of Fame- The different ways in which we communicate” with maybe a Baskerville font face as it is a simple font but also clear to read.

Scan Page

I plan to have the back page look the same as the front in terms of the tea-stained crumpled effect but on this side I plan to have a table showing the different offensive hand signs from different countries then towards the bottom I plan to have a YouTube link to the Loanna song by Yiruma and a QR code next to it with the 5 pages of sheet music at the bottom that fold out to show something like “all these notes translate to this sound, some people can read this like a language”.

Offensive Hand Gestures Table

This is the table of offensive hand gestures that I plan to use, most of the pictures were black and white anyway so the last four images I just decided to turn them black and white so they wouldn’t look too out-of-place.

In terms of what it might say on the front page, it could be something like “15 Minutes of Fame! How we Communicate!- Discover some ways in which we humans communicate to one another!”

http://www.kidzone.ws/cultures/egypt/hieroglyph.htm - A website that provides a guide to hieroglyphs.

http://travel.ninemsn.com.au/world/rudegestures/835248/innocent-gestures-that-mean-rude-things-abroad - This is one of the sites where I got a couple of the hand gestures from.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/09/the-worlds-rudest-hand-gestures/245238/ - Where I got most of the images and information for the hand gestures from.

http://www.bbcamerica.com/mind-the-gap/2013/01/29/10-things-americans-dont-realize-are-offensive-to-brits/ - This is where I found the United Kingdom’s rude hand sign (the one at the bottom of the table).

And in terms of the American offensive hand sign I just had to use Google Images.

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