For those of you interested in creating writing systems for your own imaginary civilizations, the Alphabet Synthesis Machine is an indispensible resource. Not merely a handy tool for Tolkien wannabes, it serves as a useful ‘aid to explorers of the liminal territory between familiarity and chaos.’
And it’s those spots between familiarity and chaos that tend to gum up the works.
A page of type is one of the most abstract pieces of communication I can imagine. Symbols of the most ancient origin can be put together in ways that stimulate they eye, through pattern, and the mind, through thought.
— Warren Chappell, A Short History of the Printed Word
By this art you may contemplate the variation of the 23 letters.
— Jorge Luis Borges, ‘The Library of Babel’ in Labyrinths