Nature doesn’t jump


I have used “On the Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin as a tool, to make a connection between nature and typography. Darwins principles form the guidelines for typographic interpretation and experimentation I want to show that typography can be just as organic as nature, and can abide by the same rules. There is no added text of my own in this book (except for the one you are reading now). All the texts are from Charles Darwin, which I have put in context with the typography. Due to the complexity and great length of the text I have chosen to limit myself to five chapters instead of all fourteen. Perhaps this project has a post-academic future.

“Nature doesn’t jump / Natura non facit saltum” has been a principle of natural philosophies since Aristotle’s time. It appears in the work of Isaac Newton, Carolus Linnaeus and Charles Darwin In this context it means that nature takes its time and that evolution is a slow and graduate process, just as typography can be.