Amazing Illustrated Pictorial Alphabets

An excellent collection over at io9. Fascinating how many letterforms have been based on the human body, but there are plenty of other beautiful approaches too.

These incredible pictorial alphabet designs look like artistic madness, but they were actually used historically as mnemonic devices to help people memorize their letters. If you are a font fiend, or simply love weird imagery, you must check out these demented illustrations of the ABCs.