You have heard that folks aren’t too happy with the NSA these days. Apparently, it’s been reading our stuff!
Since the scandal broke, people have been offering all manner of anti-NSA software and encryption programs. Sang Mun, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate, felt there was a better way to keep his information safe. So he used his design skills and created ZXX, a “disruptive typeface.”
In other words, this Mun created a font that is incredibly difficult for the NSA to decrypt.
It’s not exactly the easiest thing in the world to read, which I suppose is the point. Like a mix of wingdings and someone with a broken caps lock key, the font is abrasive. But that’s sort of the point. Mun doesn’t think this will remain difficult for the NSA to decode, should it want to.
Instead, it’s more of a political point. After all, he named it after the Library of Congress’s “no linguistic content” labeling code, ZXX. He even posted a manifesto on his website.
Useful or not, it’s a interesting manner of protest, and it can be downloaded here.