October 15, 2009

Phonetikana (カタカナフォント-フォネチカナ)

{characters from the phonetikana typeface}

{UNIQLO in japanese is pronounced 'yoo nee koo roh'
above are the four characters in phonetikana.}

{Big Apple}

{Doki Doki-Japanese for the ‘sound of my beating heart’}

Driven by trips to Japan and continual frustration at being unable to read the language, Michael Johnson and his team at johnson banks have been trying to design a Katakana typeface (カタカナフォント) that has English phonetic sounds embedded: phonetikana. I think it's an interesting idea. Now my husband can pronounce something even though he already forgot all the Katakana he'd learned...

1 comment:

  1. just a note to tell you my twitter got hacked. I thought you my have realized since you followed the page. Found you all via the new site, hope you got my request so we can all stay in touch