So with “language” as my keyword, I have been looking at Semiotics, Diacritics, Asemic Writing and Gestural language. (See mind map of ideas above)
I have also been looking at ideas of a Universal language that is gestural and typographic at the same time.
With this in mind I have been trying to identify gestures that are already universal and bodily signs that mean the same thing in all cultures.
One example of this is the use of emoticons in social media to represent facial expressions. It has been established academically that there are at least 6 universal facial expressions – anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise.
My research also led me to evidence that “some bodily gestures may all be found to be similar from one very different part of the world to another.”
I was also toying with the idea of diacritics being used as elements to create gesture. That diacritics from one fonts may have a different feel to that than other fonts. They may actually be more expressive.
With regards to Asemic Writing, I was looking at how some designers are creating their own glyph sets and this reminded me of the recent Man of Steel film.
As part of the promotion of the film, the studio released an online Kryptonian Glyph Creator that generates your name into a Glyph.
And here is a breakdown of the Kryptonian writing in the Man of Steel.