Besides his Washburn Bible, Bradbury Thompson also created his own font titled “Alphabet 26.” This “monoalphabet” contained identical upper and lowercase letters in order for the words to be read in a more uniform fashion. For example, the uppercase letter ‘A’ was simply a lowercase ‘a’ extended in size. Many letters such as O, W, X, C, and Z are already identical as uppercase and lowercase letters, but the other letters were altered to be larger versions of the lowercase letter. Thompson designed this font with the intention of making a font more “logical and intuitive.” He believed this version of the alphabet would be easier to use and read for all ages.
But was this font design really necessary? Most children begin learning portions of the alphabet at the age of three or four. Every child learns the alphabet song and has it memorized by heart by the first grade. Would creating an entirely new font in this way genuinely help a reader or actually hinder them because their mind is trained to read a certain way?