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Infinity Circle (1981)

SYMMETRY. 180 degree rotational symmetry, bent into a circle, with three repetitions of the word

INSPIRATION. One of several variations on the word "infinity" created for my book Inversions.

STORY. I like to write words so the form expresses the meaning; this one works particlarly well. Notice that you can read the words at both the top and bottom of the circle reading clockwise and counter clockwise. For instance, the FI turns into the Y.

I programmed this design originally in JaM, the predecessor to PostScript. The mathematical transformation from straight to circular lettering was programmed by John Warnock, the co-creator with Martin Newell of JaM, and co-founder with Charles Geschke of Adobe Systems.

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