Typographic Countdown—30 Days Left ’til 2012

Exhibit B. This letter makes it to our alphabet by much the same path as A, though archaeological evidence points to a much older Egyptian precursor to the Phoenician form, rendered Beta by the Greeks. It means house, and shows up in such familiar city names as Bethesda, Bethany, and Bethlehem; the houses of pity, song, and bread, respectively. It’s perhaps also worth noting here that Beta’s lowercase, β, shares much in common visually but is not Eszett, or the German double-s ligature, ß. Gerard Unger’s Swift is drawn with tension in its curves resulting in a strong, solid, and nimble perfomance.

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