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New Alphabet Illustrates 26 Of The Greatest Scientific Innovations

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Complex ideas translated into an easy-to-understand design language.

Ross Brooks
  • 16 may 2014

Khyati Trehan, a design student from New Delhi has combined science and typography to create “The Beauty of Scientific Diagrams,” a visual representation of 26 inventions that have left a permanent mark on the world. The letters translate complicated ideas into an easy-to-understand, and enjoyable new way of learning about science. Some of the innovation include Archimedes’ Water Screw, Tesla’s rotating magnetic field, and Hero’s invention of the first steam engine.

Even though Trehan drafted out the entire alphabet, she decided to focus her energy on the the 11 letters that she felt were the strongest concepts. They have since been turned into educational posters, and the designer hopes they will be used by schools, libraries, and science labs as both mnemonic devices, and a more visual way to teach complicated, but indispensable scientific innovations that have happened in the past few centuries.


The spark of inspiration for this particular project came from a book about William Harvey, a 17th-century English physician who was the first to explain the circulatory system. Even though he managed to explain it in the end, Harvey initially struggled to try and express the complicated concept. Trehan toyed with this, and tried to visualize the first initial of Harvey’s name, William, as a representation of the human circulatory system. From there she switched from medicine to technology.


Trehan’s work has obvious applications in education, but it also helps to illustrate that for all its artistic flair, design is ultimately based on the need to break an idea into its most basic forms, before reassembling them in a way that can be easily processed by the viewer. Keep scrolling to see more of history’s most important scientific inventions translated into an extremely enjoyable visual experience.

You can also purchase prints right here if you really love the idea.

Khyati Trehan

[h/t] FastCoDesign

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