The Ani script
Welcome. How did you get here? You might be the only one here. Ani is an invented script, just a little piece of mystery in the world. It's not hard to write, it flows nicely just like a natural language.
Ani was first used for passing secret letters in class. It was invented in a history lesson, which might
explain some of the Greek letters like φ and α which you can still see today. Later it
borrowed some Arabic and pieces from some south Indian scripts like Telugu.
Read more about the history of Ani
What's written on that shirt?
A few people seem to be wearing shirts with Ani script on them. It's a text adapted from the book 'The Land Behind the World' by Anne Spencer Parry. Here's some shots of the screenprinting process:
The Ani alphabet is based on seven shapes. Each letter has an initial form (for the start of words), a
medial form (for the middle of words), and a final form (for the end). There is also an independent
form, if you want to write a letter without connecting it to anything. Even the upside down form is used
sometimes, for example after S.
There are special letters for th, sh and ch. C, q and x are not normally used when writing English. For example "Lucy's quick xerox copier" becomes "Lusy's kwikk zeroks kopier".
Letters can be doubled by putting a dot underneath them.
Ani is written anticlockwise. Usually this means left to right, but there's no reason not to write
it in any direction the basic shapes allow, even in a spiral.
As long as it's legible, anyone can make up their own quirky ways of writing Ani. A common quirk is not to use the medial forms of I, S or R sometimes and instead to use the final form, followed by the "upside down" form of the next letter (the form at the top of the shape). It also looks nicer to split words into sections, rather than using too many medial forms in a row.
If Ani doesn't suit your invented script needs, you can find a different one:
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