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Neoideograms / Ids Neoideograms / Ids

Neoideograms, or Ids, were invented by Steven J. Hudson, mainly for English, but can be applied to other languages with modification. They were created in reaction to the over-complexity, archaicness, and nonsensicality of Chinese characters, but also out of respect for the special light and power that ideograms (or logograms-the term is used loosely) offer. The main focus was to make them efficient, easy, and contemporary-pictorial when possible.

Neoideograms illustrate both Latin and Greek roots and offer more direct depictions of ideas. A dot on the lower left is used to indicate Latin, on the upper left to indicate Greek derivation. They make use of a small number of simple Chinese characters - (though by no means dependent on them), hieroglyphics, logical symbols, and computer-related symbols. They make heavy use of "indicators", with the positions of marks in relation to the indicators showing the degree of the property.

Notable features

Neoideograms - indicators

Neoideograms - indicators

Sample texts

Sample text in Neoideograms / Ids

Transliteration

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)

Sample text in Neoideograms / Ids

Transliteration

Do what you can to create better ways of thinking clearly. Explore and observe the results of your effort. I guess I'll never be able to stop using them. Stupid or brilliant, they are certainly different

Sample text in Neoideograms / Ids

Transliteration

Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship enterprise. Its 5 year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

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