Growing up in Java, I had the opportunity to learn Aksara Jawa. Aksara Jawa, known as Javanese Script is a segmental writing system that was developed by the Javanese people to write several languages spoken in Indonesia. Being one of the oldest languages in Indonesia, The Javanese script has been around since the 4th century AD and developed into its current form by the 17th century. Unfortunately it has largely been replaced by the Roman alphabet today. Javanese Script does not recognize the alphabet "f", "v" (replaced with "p"), "q" (replaced with "k") and "z" (replaced with "s"). I took the liberty to revisit the old script and redesign it using simple curves, lines and fun forms to introduce a modern yet playful touch.
The patèn is one of the two ways to suppress the inherent vowel in a letter. Another way is an alternate set of letters called pasangan. which when juxtaposed to an aksara letter will result in a consonant cluster where the aksara letter stands for the first consonant and the pasangan the second in the cluster. The following is the "regular" pasangan letters. The grey diamonds represent the basic script and the red dots represent where the pasangan letters are placed. Examples follow.