User:Menasewi/sitelen pona mi

From sona pona, the Toki Pona wiki

This is a collection of experimental personal sitelen pona styles.

This is not a coherent system in whole—some of these even conflict—but often, many of these ideas can be applied at once, and it's amazing how pliable sitelen pona can be.

You can try some of these out if they strike your fancy, but more people should invent their own weird styles instead of just copying oddities they see elsewhere, so hopefully this list can inspire even more new ideas.

Might use some of these ideas in a font, if that ever happens.

  • Bottom-to-top writing direction, cogent with how stacked glyphs work
  • Small li and e, much closer to the size of guillemets. Drawing them at the usual size draws a lot of attention to such common particles, doesn't it? This alternative style also visually breaks up the sentence more, which might make it easier to read (YMMV).
  • Multi combined glyph logic. If multiple glyphs are all scaled inside another glyph (either duospace or themselves combined), or a combined glyph is stacked atop another glyph, this implies a pi-phrase-like structure. This may represent an actual pi phrase, or may simply provide visual clarification for how to interpret the modifiers. This can all be nested and recursed.
  • Filled-in glyphs, with scaled glyphs inverting the color to appear white-on-black. (By now, at least one font has done this with cartouches.)
  • Fraction-style stacking pi. For example, what appears to be a fraction with kulupu as the denominator, a separating bar, and jan mute as the numerator would be read kulupu pi jan mute.
  • nimi scaling the mod glyph when referring to that word (like it's a mini cartouche), and stacking it otherwise
  • Scaled ala connecting with head glyph's emitters
  • kule as just the triangle shape, without the overlapping line
  • Pseudo-combining mute by reduplicating and offsetting the lower-right strokes of the head glyph, as in Material Design icons
  • Extensions of the writing system into 3D. This might become its own userspace subpage.
  • Various nonhuman and idiosyncratic glyph variations, such as directional paw palms for pronoun glyphs and paw backs for hand glyphs, tailed kama and tawa, snaggletoothed pona, stylized lukin, star-tipped kin for cosmic beings, etc. (there is a lot of potential here)
  • pali and moku drawn in a single stroke by connecting them with an 8-style cross in the middle (can make the mouth shape more triangular)
  • Duospace kama tawa ligature, connecting the back feet into a triangular loop. Can take a centered stacked modifier (applying to kama).
  • Bumpy or wavy line n alt, resembling a connected stemless "nnn", vaguely based on the ellipsis
  • Triangular preverb-mod-verb lockup, similar to this but with better spacing: mikenalalape
  • Two glyphs separated by tan may also use this layout: mi kalalikamatantelo
  • Scaled suli breaking out of its counter a bit (because it's just that large, and for added contrast with lili)
  • Duospace directional tan ni ligature, optionally connecting them with a loop
  • Drawing glyphs as smear frames or multiples to imply urgency, speed, or a wawa modifier. For example, tawa would get multiples of the ankles and feet; kepeken would smear the tool shape in an arc.
  • Writing oko as lukin
  • But if it really must be distinguished, writing oko as just a wedge and pupil dot, to be visually consistent with lukin
  • tenpo ale as ale with clock hands inside each counter
  • awen as two separate legs when connected to a stacked mod with a wide low stroke (probably an extension of "funny walking bowl" kama pona)
  • Japanese exit sign () weka alt
  • Pseudo-scaling-modifier "slash ala", for when the head glyph has no counter. Makes sama ala look like the inequals sign (≠). Can also be done with ni ala, pini ala, tan ala, nasa ala, etc. Can extend to heads with nondominant counters, as in pali ala.
  • Combining jo by replacing the hand bar with the mod glyph, or even the direct object glyph with a very tiny e above the arm curve
  • More alt-definition glyphs by analogy with sewi and mute in su, such as stairs-shaped leko when used for that sense