Joseph Reed's alphabets began, as did all of his styles of work, with the simplest of ideas. Inspired by the care and categorization of an 18th century herbalist's catalogue of plants, he began with an alphabet of flowers, then an alphabet of insects. Things rather took off from there.

NB: This online collection will be expanded shortly. Please see our note soliciting your contributions on the CONTACT page.

 

American flag alphabet, 1981 (Mack Reed)
Floral alphabet, 1975 (Moynihan)
The Press in America,1978 (Middletown Press)
Russian authors, 1989 (White)
Insects on black, 1966 (John Collett)
Gertrude Stein, ca. 1980 (John Reed)
Ludwig Wittgenstein, ca. 1977 (Kopits)
World War II, 1980 (Manchester family)
Hollywood, early '70s (Kit Reed)
Birds of Florida, 1987 (Norenberg)
Fish Alphabet IV (Fish of Florida)
Numbered floral, ca. 1960s (Parker)
Floral, 1978 (Goulds)
Edgar Allan Poe (Harlan Ellison)
Floral, 1989 (Norenbergs)
Floral panels for cabinet, 2002 (Miguel Gomez-Ibañez)
Insects, 1985 (Kristina Reed)
Fauna (hexagonal), 1989 (Mack Reed)
Drawer faces for cabinet, 2004 (Miguel Gomez-Iban&tildez)
Jazz Alphabet (John Amussen)