Different systems of information transfer have existed for millennia. Example pics related. In the movie Arrival, we learn of an alien "alphabet," which is a series of dense glyphs containing the entirety of a sentence in them. Sometimes they are combined, but let's focus on singular ones for simplicity. I have searched but cannot find any existence of such a concept being used in history. What I mean exactly is a sort of symbol, glyph, or intricate and complex icon, which contains a large amount of information. For simplicity, I'll call these Dense Information Glyphs, or DIGS. A DIG would be human-readable, unlike a QR code. When presented with a QR code, a human can readily recognize what it is, but not the data. My goal is optimal information transfer in a single point of human-readable data. Skimming text may be faster, but a paragraph can surely be condensed. Imagine the entirety of a book's knowledge condensed to a single glyph. Intricate, yes, impossible, no.
Alphabets, roman based or others, are insufficient. Stringing words together and then sentences and then paragraphs is a great way to represent speech on paper, but not the best method of transferring information. You can easily understand a paragraph's worth of description in 3 seconds of first hand observation (i.e. the car drives by and you hear the sound and see the setting and feel the pebble in your shoe etc). It's wasteful in time and can be ambiguous. Furthermore there are language barriers, and anyone speaking more than one language understands untranslatables and loss in translation.
These are word alphabets, to be concise. Each symbol represents a concept or thing, and is pronounced. Asian languages like Chinese have these. The problem is degradation, the symbols look worse and worse over time until they do not LOOK like what they represent, and wastefulness in time. In the end, you will still be left with paragraphs to explain something.
Egyptians understood that pictures, drawn well (better than the chinese, at least), could be easily read. This served to preserve knowledge, as the errors of mistranslation are smaller. Someone will still interpret the glyphs, and could do so wrongly, though. However, like chinese, hieroglyphics is not condensed either. There are letter like glyphs and sounds and compounds (combining more than one to create a new meaning), etc.
By condensing information to a single glyph, it promotes transferrability and portability. A book's knowledge can be put onto a medallion, thus preserving it. By neglecting nuances of language, and useless words, we increase efficiency and reduce language barriers. Perhaps over time, humans would become proficient at decoding (they don't have to speak words in their heads as they read), taking less time to understand the meaning. Because the glyph is singular, it would become an image in the person's mind which would be more memorable. The answers would all be there, waiting to be decoded. Unlike a cipher, the goal not to obscure or obfuscate the information, but to make it the most palatable. An added benefit is preventing AI censorship, as no computer would be able to, at least initially, decode the symbols. Think of captcha but on steroids.
By designing a glyph in such a way that simple information is quickly extracted and recognized, it makes a system of embedded learning. Furthermore, if you tell someone that the answer is right in front of them, hidden in a little drawing, they will become enticed. It is a great tool to encourage learning. A problem in society now is not that information is unavailable, rather that it is not sought out or that it takes too long to learn. Rather than handing someone a book they wont read, they receive an image. In that image they immediately recognize information that is the most fundamental to the subject. Over time, after further analysis, the specifics, details, and expert knowledge is found in the intricacies of the design. The fundamentals might be the shape of a feather while precise measurements are found between the fibers.
tl;dr: how do we make a super dense version of the arrival language into singular glyphs that people can understand
What methods would be best? Is there a way to do this freely without setting heavy standards or huge keys and legends? Or do the keys and legend make up a big part of the glyph? Perhaps styles of DIGS could be created, where each one can be decoded with the "group" key? The objective here is information transfer NOT obfuscation. Looking for Zig Forums opinions on this.