Feb 4

Afterlife Wingdings

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Edit, 2019-02-05: WhatTheFont was able to recognize the decoder ring! It’s Deniart Alchemy B – see also MyFonts and Linotype. Alchemy C looks like the fuzzy text on Shawn’s computer screen; some decoding matches some Latin lorem ipsum text, though that’s not done yet.

I’m a fan of the TV show, “The Good Place.” The makers of it are fond of easter eggs, and some weird fonts made an appearance. Some folks on Reddit decoded them; I thought I’d make a font out of it. I made a quick lofi draft with iFontMaker on an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil.

I present: Afterlife Wingdings v 0.1, as a Truetype font (15k).

Currently missing: Q, Z, q.

Decoding:

Edit, 2019-02-09: From a behind-the-scenes video, there’s the door to Heaven (about 1:31 in), in Alchemy A:

Shari
Cort
IHOP
Adam
Zdcks

Before that, a sign (around 1:16 in):

Adam is the land of the
small and the mighty
ill powerful bageljohn-
nys should be on the
look out for wonder?
ful cruises

Zacks Is a land of slugs
and waterfalls slugs
love waterfalls so
that should be a sur-
prIse I mean really
comone

IHOP be careful what
you touch In thIs mIs-
tIcal realm of danger
and IntrIgue ???
dont eat an???
fInd on the ???

s03e01, “Everything is Bonzer!”

Shawn’s computer earlier in the season used Alchemy C, blurred (see the podcast, around 1:14 in):

aspernitur aut odit out fugit, sed q…

equuntur magni dolores eos qoi r…

voluptatem sequi nesciunt.

Neque porro quisquam est, qui dol …

ipsum quia dolor sit amet,. e porro


consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non

re et dolore magnam aliquam qu

“Neque porro quisquam” led me to a page about lorem ipsum’s origin, and I think the translation kinda defends me spending time on translating this.

s04e04, “Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy”

The tub of Glenn did have “1 GLENN” in Afterlife Wingdings.

s04e12, “Patty”

Around 7 minutes in, the contract that Michael signs:

… ed and eIght shall In any Manner affect the
… the fIrst ArtIcle[;?] and that no
…prI … of Its equal Suffrage In the Senate

[Michael’s signature]
New Leader of the Good Place

The first part was identified on Reddit, as being part of the Constitution.

I’d thought there was a glimpse, when Eleanor was looking over the green folders, but on rewatch from Hulu, I don’t see it.

Resources:

  • DenaPhoenix on Reddit decoded the Wanted poster on the bulletin board (s03e09, Janet(s)).
  • kodiakuma on Reddit decoded the other notes on the bulletin board.
  • Lixa123 on Reddit decoded the first page of the subject transcript (s03e12, Pandemonium).
  • carrythenine on Reddit decoded the second page of the subject transcript, and noted there could be another language to work on.
  • TV/AV Club mentioned “afterlife Wingdings,” and I thought, “ooh, that’s a good font name.”
  • A Day in the Life on Set – The Good Place is behind-the-scenes video with closeups of the door to Heaven, and an IHOP sign.
  • The Good Place Podcast – Season 3 Premiere with Jameela Jamil & Jen Statsky
  • The Metafilter discussion of season 3 finale, Pandemonium, pointed to the previous work from Reddit.
  • TuvalPollack on Reddit covered some new territory, with images:
    • s02e09, “Best Self,” hot air balloon instructions – lorem ipsum, and some other text, not covered
    • s03e01, “Everything is Bonzer,” a closeup of Michael’s papers: “Lorem upsu” and (not mentioned) “1584354e”
    • s03e09, “Janets (part 2)”, various places
    • s03e10, “The Book of Dougs,” (not decoded) “MUYDHS”
    • “The Selection” webisodes – the menu says “JJ’s Coffe Shop MENU”, a Parks and Rec reference
    • s04e05, “Employee of the Bearimy,” the are signs for the prisoners
    • s04e08, “The Funeral to End All Funerals,” the files for the people still on Earth and a little more
    • (huh, extra bullet)

I’d love to know if you do anything fun with this!

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