Self-censoring typeface by Emil Kozole makes a political issue personal
St. Martins graduate Emil Kozole chose a smart way to visualise censorship. He designed a typeface that censors itself already while being used, based on the vocabulary of the National Security Agency of the United States. The so-called spook-words that are deemed to be threatening to national security get a strikethrough effect when written down. Tellingly named Seen, the typeset functions as a shield for the users, as by crossing out the words tracked by NSA it protects them from surveillance.
To make the service even more democratic, Seen is available to and free to use by all. It is compatible with the major graphic softwares, and can also be readily tested on the project's microsite. Just by typing their text to the browser, anyone can check the potential threat their words contain.
While it is entertaining indeed to fiddle with your writings and find out how dangerous it can be, Seen tackles a very serious question. Kozole’s project is a brilliant way to bring down a bigger issue to a personal level by creating the conditions for a hands-on experience.
Try Seen here
Pictures: Emil Kozole
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