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see the signs

see the signs

 

a social project to help non-sign-language-users (like myself) to learn the alphabet in American Sign Language (fingerspelling) [tone: clean, simple, easy].

 
 
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objective | inspired by spatial typography, i wanted to paint the English alphabet onto the hands forming the alphabet in American Sign Language (for example, painting the letter “a” with the hand gesture for “a”, aligning the contours to the curvature of the hands).

 
 
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big idea | to encourage the love and understanding of all peoples and cultures as a whole. perhaps by encouraging this education to people who may not need to learn it, we can also encourage the idea of inclusion and active acceptance of others!

 
 
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history | In 1620, Juan Pablo de Bonet published the first book that taught sign language to the deaf. his writings were based on the work of an Italian physician, Girolamo Cardano, who stated that hearing words was not necessary for understanding ideas. he invented a code for teaching the deaf but his work was never put in to use until Juan Pablo de Bonet published his book. until this point in history, deaf people were thought of as unable to reason of form ideas. it is not clear how de Bonet came to create this set of codes, but it does not seem like it was necessarily shaped by the latin figure itself.

 
 
 
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*source: http://www.deafwebsites.com/sign-language/history-sign-language.html*