Studio Bart Nijssen

Talking Evolution

a Representation of languages evolving.

As a designer I have the feeling that objects are becoming more and more unified or uniform. There is a lack of individual character in a lot of products. That same thing could be said for languages. Despite the big linguistic diversity we all try to speak the same language.

This project is inspired by the analogy of evolution in biology and evolution of human language. Like animals and plants, languages change, split into sub-varieties, revive and even evolve functionless features. The analogy also means that languages, like animals and plants, can become extinct.

Through research, processes accounting for this evolution of language have been found. Understanding these processes can give insights and create awareness of the preciousness and vulnerability of actually any language; from a small indigenous language to a dialect or standard language.

By adapting these evolutionary processes to a series of objects, we can create a physical representation of something as ‘invisible’ as the evolution of a language. Taking the pencil as metaphor for language, but also for the design profession, I want to show the processes that have influenced our languages in the past and show how these same structures are still influencing our daily languages. Because languages are constantly evolving...

Talking Evolution

Talking Evolution