The current masters thesis by Edon Muhaxheri, a 2017 MICA Illustration Observe MFA graduate, has led to the invention of an extended misplaced Albanian alphabet, which he redesigned and digitized in a brand new font household — Albanian Helvetica — to protect the ABCs and promote its use in Albania Muhaxheri got here to MICA from Kosovo on a Fulbright scholarship to review illustration.
Throughout his research, he turned all in favour of historic automatons, early machines designed and constructed within the 19th century to carry out a wide range of duties, together with writing. Impressed to plot an automaton that might write in Albanian, Muhaxheri’s analysis lead him to the Museum of Training in Albania, the place he uncovered a misplaced manuscript of the primary Albanian ABC guide printed in 1844, however has since been thought of misplaced after the adoption of Latin-based typesets for printing functions. After his discovery, Muhaxheri set about redesigning the unique alphabet right into a extra streamlined and accessible type.
The Albanian language is among the many oldest in Europe, courting again 5,000 years, nevertheless it lacked a proper writing system till the 1844 publication of the manuscript that was finally misplaced. Among the many perks of his discovery: Muhaxheri has been invited by the Albanian prime minister to current his alphabet at a reception.