Even then, that was only the beginning. What followed was some "reverse-engineering" to produce a cursive language that had different inkblot-like shapes and built-in animation depending on the desired word. "We decided it could be thicker, say, when you are talking louder or lower, or when you write faster," notes Vermette.
Later in the movie, Adams' Louise discovers that the symbols can be divided into 12 segments, with each logogram mixed and matched from various graphical elements to create complex words and phrases. It was a deliberate design conceit that, again, highlighted the non-linear story point.
"We actually started from there," says Vermette, "and then began isolating the parts of the original 15 logograms that we liked. We created words, associating words, plots, or ideas to each of those inkblots. After that we created a dictionary with those inkblots, and we started assembling them according to what we wanted the logogram to mean."