Creating new letters and signs means at some point finding a space in a normalized system (Unicode)
— Lorraine Furter
Collaborative Alphabet Challenge
Design a collaborative alphabet, which responds to either botanical histories and/or ecological politics in Singapore.
Consider how the process of your collaboration will affect the kind of outcome. Your collaboration might be between you and a peer, or it could even involve animals or natural systems.
Think about what tools you will use, and how they influence your design. An alphabet doesn't have to be created from professional font editing software. It could take the form of found materials, photos, or drawings. How will you present your alphabet?
Will your alphabet conform to an existing script such as Latin or Arabic, or will it be a new kind of collection?
Legibility is a condition of manipulation. Any substantial state intervention in society—to vaccinate a population, produce goods, mobilize labor, tax people and their property, conduct literacy campaigns, conscript soldiers, enforce sanitation standards, catch criminals, start universal schooling—requires the invention of units that are visible. The units in question might be citizens, villages, trees, fields, houses, or people grouped according to age, depending on the type of intervention. Whatever the units being manipulated, they must be organized in a manner that permits them to be identified, observed, recorded, counted, aggregated, and monitored. The degree of knowledge required would have to be roughly commensurate with the depth of the intervention. In other words, one might say that the greater the manipulation envisaged, the greater the legibility required to effect it.
—James C. Scott, Seeing Like a State, 1998