Fringe Symbols

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The symbols, or glyphs, are displayed at the end of each act, just before commercial breaks. They are a code that spells a word indicative of that particular episode. In addition to the promotional and marketing value of the symbols, the glyphs are occasionally incorporated as background decoration by the art/set designers. Jeff Pinkner at NYC ComicCon Each glyph highlights a natural element, generally with some unnatural amendment that is cleverly integrated into the image.
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    Apple
• The Apple glyph has human embryos instead of seeds.
• Apples were given out as clues on the Scavenger Hunt.
• Video: See the animated Apple
• Video: Apples are seen in the music video - "A Forest"
ButterflyGlyph.jpg
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    Butterfly
• The Butterfly glyph has bones for its wings.
• Video: Butterflies are seen in the music video - "A Forest"
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    Flower
• The Flower glyph has dragonfly wings in some petals.
• Like any daisy, the center has counter-rotating spirals, based on the Fibonacci sequence, and has left-right (mirror) symmetry.
• In the center of the flower, a Mandelbrot set is visible.
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    Frog
• The Frog glyph has the symbol for Phi on his back.
• Video: See the animated Frog
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    Hand
• The Hand glyph has six fingers and is seen as a left and right hand.
• The yellow dot is not in the same location relative to the left/right images.
• It appears in the title sequence/opening splash.
• The hand glyph on the [[ImagineTheImpossibilities.com|original ]
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    Horn
• The Horn glyph is in the shape of a Fibonacci spiral and has the number Phi inscribed along the horn.
• This glyph has not been utilized in the alphabetic code.
• The appearance of the horn glyph was the starting point for the 1.61803398874989484820458683436563811.com website.
LeafGlyph.jpg
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    Leaf
• The Leaf glyph has a triangle, or Delta symbol on it.
• Original scripting referred to this as the "Prometheus Logo". Prometheus was changed to "Massive Dynamic" in final scripting.
• Leafs were given out as clues on the Scavenger Hunt.
• Video: See the animated Leaf or The music video - "A Forest"
SeahorseGlyph.jpg
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    Seahorse
• The Seahorse glyph has the Fibonacci spiral on its side, the spiral itself is contained inside a visual representation of the golden ratio.
• The tail is also a Fibonacci spiral. Some images also include stick diagrams for the amino acids L-histidine and L-proline.
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    Smoke
• The Smoke glyph forms a human face.
• This glyph faces left and right with different dot patterns.
• Video: See the animated Smoke
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    Yellow Dot
• The dots appear in various locations around the glyphs.
• Placement of the dot around a glyph may indicate digital value, or cypher coding, in addition to the alphabetic value that is represented.

Production

Buster Design created the animated videos of the glyphs:

  1. For the on-air animation promotion for FRINGE, Buster worked from the initial graphic symbols found in nature that had been developed by the internal design team. These symbols are key points for viewers to key into and to tap into the show’s science and nature themed premise. Buster developed a number of 10-second on-air tease animations.
  2. Jonas Morganstein, Buster’s executive creative director and executive producer: “The print campaign features a series of elements found in nature, like a leaf or an apple, that appear to look normal at first. But after closer inspection, you realize there are incongruous elements in the imagery – a geometric pattern in the leaf and two human embryos inside the apple. To translate these concepts into a series of 10-second teaser promos, we decided to create that same sense of surreal discovery, by opening the visuals on a normal (though eerie) scene, and then slowly revealing a tweaked/unusual detail. Our challenge was to amp up the show’s promise of mysterious storytelling, while keeping the imagery subtle enough for the viewer to say, ‘Woah – did I just see what I think I saw?”
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