«Yiddish Displayed» is an experimental typographic project based on Yiddish, the ancient language spoken by Ashkenazi Jews that represents a bridge between the German and Hebrew worlds. Inspired by the typographic elements derived from the Latin style of previous eras, the project lays the foundations for a «Yiddish Display Type Foundry» in which the typefaces are bi-scriptual (Latin and Hebrew) in accordance with the three languages German, Yiddish and Hebrew. An accompanying publication highlights the history and culture of the language, along with its position between German and Hebrew. It serves as a type specimen as well as a digital transcription tool to engage in a contemporary discourse on the topic.
This work is a multiscript solution of an extraordinary kind. It does not just combine two different typographic systems, but also two languages and cultures – and even goes beyond this by creating a completely new script and thus new characters for the language of «Yiddish».
«I want to be a graphic and type designer using my design methods to create a bridge between different cultures, views, languages and opinion.» – Noam Benatar