In 1959 Herbert Bayer designed
his Fonetik Alfabet as a
proposed simplification of the existing Roman alphabet. This system
of writing sought to eliminate the endless variables found in written
language and assign one sound to one letter. Within this system,
double letter and triple letter sounds were also simplified using
ligatures, as illustrated below.
Even ancient Egyptians sought to simplify common combinations
of symbols in Hieroglyphic
ligatures. There are hundreds of examples of this type of pictographic
shorthand. Below is just one example of this type of Picto-ligature.
The crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt each represent their
respective kingdoms. The combined crown represents a united Egypt.
is a web page that offers a concise description of Ligatures. The
latest (quasi) ligature to be forced onto the world is the Euro,
the symbol for the United European currency. Will Harris gives his
Schmigature arguments against the need for any ligature in the
English language. Many specific visual examples are given for a
clear explanation about the general aesthetics of ligatures.