Saturday, January 10, 2004

Alien alphabets

The Alphabet Synthesis Machine is a Java applet that uses genetic algorithms to evolve an alphabet based on an initial 'seed' letter that you draw on the screen.

The Alphabet Synthesis Machine is an interactive online artwork which allows one to create and evolve the possible writing systems of one's own imaginary civilizations. The abstract alphabets produced by the Machine can be downloaded as PC-format TrueType fonts, and are entered into a comprehensive archive of user creations. The products of the Machine probe the liminal territories between familiarity and chaos, language and gesture.

You can view some examples, browse the archives, or get started making your own alphabet.