do you have any idea, which glyph should be over, the 1st or the last?
Since the block order rules define the path through the glyph tower, it makes no difference in terms of meaning which is over or under. I go with whatever mix is the clearest visually.
In the example you post, the first syllable on Intenasijonale "in" is on top because the 'n' would be lost underneath, and toki as well because his nose would be lost behind 'suli'. And I try not to completely buy any one glyph
Thanks for the question, I just added another header placed in front, tucked behind
to point out where this is explained in lesson 3.
If I made a unique vector font to be used in this way, growing and shrinking the glyphs and organizing them, I would probably make each glyph much squarer to limit the amount of overlap.
Also, i was thinking about container (frame) versus barrier (wall). May be you should not overuse containers, because they do not attract the eye as much as they should.
When the containers get in the way, you can always use the syllable glyph, the way li and pi are used in the last lesson in 'jan sonja li mama pi toki pona'. And the comma glyph can be used to create a partition between one part of the sentence and another. If I ever make a completely linear version of the script, I would probably make some form of parenthetical glyphs to isolate the unofficial words too, as the cartouche is the only container that needs to surround other glyphs.
toki suli |-( in te na si jo na le )
mayan and egyptan did use them, but their monumental writhings were coloured and relief. you have just black and white, not even greyscale. may be providing the barrier alternative for every container could help.
The transition that mayan makes between the reliefs, the books, and the pottery has been a model I've followed a lot. The glyphs on pottery are very simple black and white brushwork. In later chapters I'm going to fill in a lot more on simplification and working in linear writing.
Feel free to add color into any of these glyphs too, they are fully colorable! I don't know of any system of writing where the meaning is dependent on color, do you? I think this is because color is a luxury, but line is free.