The logograms finally took shape when Vermette's wife, Martine Bertrand, a painter and artist in Montreal, threw herself in contention for the job.
"She said to me, 'Can I have a go at this? I've been hearing you for weeks about that language,'" relates Vermette. "So I said, 'Yeah, sure, have a go.' And the next day I went to work, and at night I came back and on the dining table there was 15 different logograms."
They resonated immediately with the production designer, and the director too. "This is it, this is it!" Vermette reports Villeneuve said upon seeing them.