Tower of Babel

Prototype

This is a speculative design project to show the important influence of language on the human social engine. In this project, I am rebuilding “the Tower of Babel” by creating a parametrical translator for different languages. Through this translator, any human language can be parameterized so that it could be learned by both human and machines. Bifröst[1] is the name of this fictional translator.

(B-A-S-I-L)

[1]. In Norse mythology, Bifröst is a burning rainbow bridge that reaches between Midgard (Earth) and Asgard, the realm of the gods.

Experiment of Orthography

I then generated a set of posters rooted in the combination of English pronunciation based typeface and ancient Chinese orthographic systems. Those posters aimed to explore the boundary of different language systems.

JavaScript Based Program

I also created a parametrical translator program using JavaScript with multiple functions including typeface comparison and the typography adjustment system which introduced new ways of learning the typography of language. The video of this program was attached.

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