No Bliss without the leaf.


Inspired by the Chinese ideograms, Charles K. Bliss (1897-1985) created an ideographic writing system consisting of several hundred basic symbols, each representing a concept. He called them the Blissymbols or Blissymbolics, and they were made right after the second world war. No surprise there.

Though Blissymbols have become a popular medium of communication for people with speaking disorders, this utopian vision of universal vocabulary failed to gain popularity. And no surprise there either.


Some good attempts, some bad attempts...there was something common between them. Esperanto, Gestuno, Isotype and Blissymbols were all attempts to create a Bauhaus of Language.

...and then came Helvetica.

Don't see a connection? Not yet.