Typographic Countdown—31 Days ’til the New Year

We begin our typographic countdown to 2012 with A. We borrow the letter along with several others from the Greek, Alpha, though the Greeks admit to borrowing it from the Phoenicians. It is the first and therefore the least, like the lowly ox, for which the letter served initially as a pictogram. Bello from Underware renders the letter in a lively thick brush script style that lets the speed of its stroke work show through.

If you ever need an A without the crossbar, take a look at capital Lambda. (Remember that not all fonts include the Greek alphabet.)

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