I first saw these anatomical letters at Street Anatomy:

Typeface Anatomy
Bjorn Johansson

Unfortunately artist Bjorn Johansson doesn’t seem to have completed the alphabet; these three specimens are all we find in the fossil record. But you can view another typeface, Handwritten, based on photos of hands, in his portfolio.


  1. #1 floatingrunner
    February 23, 2008

    so these are imaginary creatures? are teh bones based on any sort of creatures?

  2. #2 Jessica Palmer
    February 24, 2008

    Well, you can come up with some highly entertaining scenarios for what creatures with these skeletal structures would look like – I can see the “O” as a giant ring-shaped Muppet with long purple fur and googly eyes – but the bones appear to be just imaginative variations on basic mammal morphology. I don’t know if the artist had anything more specific in mind.

  3. #3 PhysioProf
    February 24, 2008

    Those are gorgeous! If you are interested in typefaces, Alexander Lawson’s “Anatomy of a Typeface” provides a fascinating historical analysis of the origins and characteristics of the main families: blackletter, garalde, old-style, transitional, modern, grotesque san, humanist sans, etc.

  4. #4 Laelaps
    February 25, 2008

    I like it! I’ll have to share these with my human osteology class tomorrow.

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