ZXX: This Typeface Might Fool the NSA

June 21, 2013 | Kyle Chayka

This typeface was designed specifically to be unreadable by most automated text scanning software. The disruptive typeface ZXX takes its name directly from the Library of Congress’ listing of three-letter codes meant to specify what language a text is written in. The code “ZXX” is used to denote when there is no information that can be found from within the text.

The typeface, available in six different varieties (Sans, Bold, Camo, False, Noise and Xed) works by adding extra bits to each letter, confusing text scanning software all the while remaining easily  understandable to the naked eye. The typeface and each of its subsequent varieties has previously been available as a free download and is still currently being offered for whoever chooses to use it.

This isn’t the freshest typeface but it’s definitely timely. Check out the video for a more in-depth explanation of how exactly this type of linguistic disruption works.

(Image: Walker Art Center)