To visualize an accurate representation of the inaudible part of stuttering, the original Latin characters have been redesigned in the following three ways:
the shape of the letters visualizes tightness and pressure. Therefore, their shape is a translation of the phonology but more so of the corresponding letter sense. This translation is extra "tangible" in the animations created.
newly designed accents visualize 'silences'. These accents show the activity of speaking even when no sound is audible and thus emphasize the importance of the inaudible representation of stuttering. In addition, they visualize the duration of speaking and incorporate the concept of time into written writing
Stotts is an interactive script. The letters change contextually, depending on the sound combination. This is because the same letter does not always produce the same stutter. For example, an R after the K can soften the sound, while a vowel can make the K sharp. In other words, Stotts is made up of newly designed letter combinations rather than single letters. This is also why the glyph set contains several different characters for the same letter.