How to Kill a Writing System

How to Kill a Writing System
with Zachary Scheuren

Online Lecture
Co-presented by San Francisco Public Library
Tue, Jun 16, 2020
12:00pm–1:30pm PDT

COVID-19 Update: This lecture will now be held online and the time has changed to 12:00pm PDT.

Writing systems live and breathe with the people who use them, but sometimes they can become difficult or impossible to use. In many cases a writing system has been deliberately pushed out of use or even out of existence. What does it take to kill a writing system? What does it take to bring one back to life? In the current digital world if a writing system is implemented in computing systems it can be immediately seen and used by billions of people around the world. However, if there is no support users must resort to other means. But why should they compromise?

About Zachary Scheuren

Zachary Scheuren studied film production and foreign languages at the University of Colorado, Boulder before moving to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. After many years shooting, editing, and animating film title sequences he left Hollywood to attend the MA Typeface Design program at the University of Reading. He then worked as a software developer in London and Tokyo before joining Monotype as a type designer/font engineer. He is currently Senior Font Developer at Adobe, Japan.