Michela Povoleri


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Telephone Alphabets. 2012.

A spelling alphabet, voice procedure alphabet, radio alphabet, or telephone alphabet is a set of words used to stand for the letters of an alphabet in oral communication.

The book collects the most common Telephone Alphabets of the 3 languages I know: Italian, English and French. Every alphabet is translated in his visual correspondence: the Italian appears as a collection of city postcards, the French one,
as a series of people portraits and the English one shows heterogeneous references: from dance to war.

The form of the book, with spiral bound pages cut into three segments, allows the reader to decide how to navigate and interact with the content. The user is free to flip through one single language at a time or to combine different letters and languages together.

For the selection of the images I used Google Images, picking up the first result without any filter. The research was made
on November 2012. The specific historic moment influenced, of course, the results.

Telephone Alphabets
Telephone Alphabets spreads
Telephone Alphabets page


Poster series. Telephone Alphabets.
Each poster corresponds to the three languages: English, Italian and French.
The same word, the same letter sequence F-I-N-E is translated into their visual equivalent: spelling images.
The word ‘FINE‘ has also a different meaning in each language. The visual succession tells also a new story.