The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis states language doesn’t just represent the world but actually shapes our reality. Learning new languages gives us portals into different worlds. In the movie Arrival, aliens gifted humans with a technology of symbols that unlocked new ways of knowing and understanding.
If the symbols in Arrival looked vaguely familiar, it may be due to their similarity to the circular Gallifreyan script of the Time Lords in Dr. Who. Gallifreyan captures a word or sentence of meaning in the span of a single circumference and those who read it can decode its messages in a glance.
Inspired by the possibilities of symbols and technology, the following designs were created in Gallifreyan for experimental purposes only.