Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus is a landmark philosophical text composed of propositions in a tree structure (e.g. 2, 2.1, 2.1.1, etc). This project was made while studying design and philosophy at Parsons School of Design and Lang College. It consists of a website that explores different methods of reading and visualizing the Tractatus’ hierarchy, with more or less practical utility.
The Tractatus is about the logical structure underlying human language. It describes how relations of words resemble reality, and how to distinguish between meaningful and nonsensical statements (as if sentences were mathematical proofs).
Per Kris Sowersby, Signifier was designed with “Bézier curves and sharp vectors determined by machine logic and a Brutalist ethos” — this seemed appropriate for the approach of the Tractatus to language. Aktiv Grotesk is used for the numbering, and also on the deductive logic statements and diagrams sprinkled through the text. Panama is used for the header.