Work / Film

Saturday Night Live: Decabet (1976)

The 1970s saw a move toward metrification so the team at Saturday Night Live promoted the Decabet, an alphabet with ten letters. The comedy sketch performed by Dan Aykroyd then goes on to illustrate Decabet. A, B, C, and D: the first and most popular letters remain the same. E and F are combined and graphically simplified to make one character. The groupings GHI, and LMNO are condensed to single letters. And the “trash letters” P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z, are condensed to a single dark character. Of course it’s all nonsense and it doesn’t work, but it still makes me laugh. I am in the process of making a digital Decabet.