This is another inspiration I drew from the forum and sparkfun's contest on instructables.com a while ago:
I've seen several examples of using "Big numbers" to display time on a 16X2 character display.
I've seen JO3RI doing animations (JO3RI, could you reply with link to your OP?) on a 16X2 character display.
So I asked myself, why can't someone come up with a way to double up the size of the 16X2 character display, not just ten numbers, but all alphabets, then it'd be useful as a larger display!
I've brewed this for a while (between last night and this morning), tada!
The entire thing is for now resident in SRAM (please don't blame me. I've been on this since lunch. I need a break, critic and encouragement before I squeeze memory)
Everything has been integrated smoothly in my phi-menu system now.