Harshless Typography

No more words-that-look-like-weapons as weapons.

The Harshless ethos means moving beyond pointy, jagged, and sharp edges in favor of rounded shapes, for the good of society.


Envisioning the Post-Barb Era

We are a people with a violent history. We have lived in the shadow of the terrible Barb Movement, subjected to torture by wire, needles, and dental implements. Now, however, the designer class has risen up and broken its chains.

Harshless Typography: The Post-Barb Movement, p. 1

Our parents and grandparents shall not be subjected to the constant reminders conjured by pointy letterforms. We must work now, and quickly, to purge our streets and our papers of letters that look like weapons.

Welcome to a new era of typography and for our culture at large.

Now do your part.

Harshless Typography, pp. 4–5


Publication: Harshless Typography: The Post-Barb Movement
Date: Fall 2002
Words and design: Elena Grossman
Project: A book of graphic fiction

By Elena Grossman

Elena Grossman is an artist and educator practicing visual art, graphic design, and programming for exhibition spaces, print, and screen media. Learn more about Elena