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Language as Technology

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.


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ÆgisÆgishjálmar Shirthjálmarr translates to “the helm of awe.” It was never an actual helmet, but rather a powerful symbol in ancient lore. The dragon Fafnir in the Volsung saga wore the symbol while guarding his horde of gold and later, in the hands of the hero Sigurd, the glyph conferred invincibility in battle.

The interplay of symbols and the environment, beyond mere psychological association, is the arena of disciplines like Feng Shui and the intriguing research of Masaru Emoto.

Symbols are rooted in deep currents of the human mind and appear to link to larger circuits of energy —whether these are called the archetypes of Jung and the collective unconscious or the living myths of Joseph Campbell. There are seeral ways to creatively tap into the numinous realms of symbols; for example, the Ægishjálmar imprinted upon a t-shirt could act, in effect, as an subtle guardian, protecting you from energy vampires and negativity. Just psychological? Maybe. But there is an old saying… “it may be all in our head, but our heads are bigger than we think..”