So I was making my daily blog rounds and came upon this on Narges' blog. Seeing the opportunity to make a quip, I pounced on the reply button. And by the time I realized I'd entered into something (not having looked at the reply count before posting), I'd won this:
That's "Justin" (or some odd-sounding accented version of it) written in Persian script. Persian for the most part uses the same alphabet as Arabic, but it adds a couple of letters and changes a couple pronunciations.
I don't know if I've ever mentioned it on the blog, but I've mentioned it in IMs and forums: I think Arabic script is the prettiest writing system I've seen; Tengwar takes second (even though it's not a real-world script). Din dabireh and Devanāgarī get honorable mentions.
And I know I've mentioned it to a few different people on IM, but I'm not sure if I've mentioned it on the blog, but I've experimented with making a few scripts myself, some experimental (just to try out a theme), others are intended to actually be used.
These are called S-Runes. I was originally going for something like Chinese characters, but based on mathematical formula. This was an experimental character set. Originally they were written at about a 30 degree slant, but that didn't work at all with a computer monitor, so I made them straight horizontal and vertical.
Some early sketches of the S-Runes, back when they were still slanted:
Next is another experimental script. This one was based on simple multiplicative complexity: using combinations of 1/3 top and 2/3 bottom glyphs to form each character, occasionally forming things that don't look exactly like the combination would lead you to expect.
There was a third experimental script based on a tic-tac-toe board (no, you're probably not correctly imagining what it looks like), but I'm not sure where the paper I had that written down on is.
Next is a real script, called something along the lines of Caia hieroglyphics. This was originally to be the official Caia writing system, but I ultimately decided it was too cumbersome to use for a language that is designed for efficiency. It kind of resembles Aramaic script.
Lastly, the current official Caia script. This is fairly heavily derived from the Caia hieroglyphics, as it was supposed to be kind of like cursive is to printing. Many of the Caia hieroglyphs can be found in some form in Caia script, but a number of them couldn't be adapted well to script form.