Today's Daily Dirty Diary

MEET “ZXX”: A DEFIANT & DEMOCRATIC TYPEFACE

As a result of recent news about domestic surveillance programs, Sang Mun, former contractor with the US National Security Agency (NSA, created ZXX, a disruptive typeface which takes its name from the Library of Congress’ listing of three-letter codes denoting which language a book is written in.  Sang Mun explains:

“The project started with a genuine question: How can we conceal our fundamental thoughts from artificial intelligences and those who deploy them? I decided to create a typeface that would be unreadable by text scanning software (whether used by a government agency or a lone hacker) — misdirecting information or sometimes not giving any at all. It can be applied to huge amounts of data, or to personal correspondence. I drew six different cuts (Sans, Bold, Camo, False, Noise and Xed) to generate endless permutations, each font designed to thwart machine intelligences in a different way. I offered the typeface as a free download in hopes that as many people as possible would use it.”

Source: Walker Art

 







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