It does I guess make some sense that designing a letter is connected to the activity involved in designing a car. And it’s no doubt cheaper to design a letter form that fails than a car that fails. But as BMW tells us in this piece from Medium, designing letter forms is used as training for car designers. In the essay there’s a link to Tal Leming’s account of his 6-year-long designing of the typeface Balto: this is fascinating if you are at all interested in type design. To make it quicker to get there, here’s a link.

One thing I learned from Leming’s article was the existence of a symbol called ogonek (Polish for “little tail”): ų