The Betamaze alphabet is the creation by Terrana Cliff,
an American art student in California. It is designed to draw mazes, which
Terrana has been interested in for a long time.
Terrana would like to encourage other people to find new (perhaps more artful)
ways to meet the simple demands of the concept.
- All the letters connect together so they can form paths.
To make sure this happens, they all fit within a 3x3 grid. Letters are made
from black squares and triangles in the grid. To allow the paths to connect,
every letter has white space on the sides of the 3x3 grid.
- Paths can branch, terminate, and come together.
The locations on the 3x3 grid that are not used for connecting are used
for giving each letter its shape. Within each letter, the black space is used
to close or alter the path between the white connection spaces. Some letters
have more black space in the grid than others. Some letters only allow a 3-way
path, some are 2-way, some turn the path 90 degrees, some close in all directions,
and some open to all directions.
- Path structure can be altered without having to alter spelling, word order, etc.
Every letter has a unique shape, unlike in the english alphabet, where some
letters have the same shape (m and w are the same shape, just vertically flipped).
Each letter can be turned upsidedown or flipped without a change in its meaning,
so the direction of the path can be changed.
The Betamaze alphabet
I think; therefore I am.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
If you have any questions about Betamaze, you can contact Terrana at:
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