A self-correction, on second thoughts: Sweet was actually one of the fathers of IPA and several graphic elements of his Organic Speech are included in the IPA notation, which can be regarded as a compromise between tradition and iconicity.
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From: Piotr Gasiorowski
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Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2001 11:11 PM
Subject: Re: [phoNet] graphic symbolism

Bell's and Sweet's proposals did not become as popular as the IPA (most people are traditionalists and prefer an elaborate version of something familiar to a revolutionary new start) ...