© Zenobia Ahmed 2019

Codes on urban sidewalks: Swanston Street

Paul Elliman’s My Typographies talks about language through its social and technological forms. Comparing shapes, object and even sound to typography, as language is not only dependent on reading. He gives several examples of how things have a mimetic relationship with language.

A coded language made up with lines, patterns and dots can be seen in the urban sidewalks. These are the lids covering sewage pipes, water pipes, electrical and mobile connection wires and more. The lids, made up of wrought iron or stone and cement have patterns similar to the technological codes engraved in them. Codes on Urban Sidewalks is a typographical specimen of such objects.