A Set Designer I once knew was coming up with some cool galactic architectural details. He had a great idea: found a dingbat font on a free font site, and created a CNC relief profile. It looked really good!
Half way through the show, we hired a new Art Director. He was Japanese. He recognized the text going arount the cornice: Japanese phonetics! Check it out: Katakana pipe
Good thing the Designer wrote nice stuff!