Robots? Sooo... Human? Distort. @@@ Emails! Display. Sushi. Misread. Can you read me? Letterforms. Misread? Shapes. Regular, Wide. Type below. Robot? & More..! Digital space. Human. Misread. Can you read me? Misread is for EM*. (*Everyday Messaging!) By Marissa. Misread? Toast, eggs. 2021. Naarm (Melbourne). Illegible****. Shapes, pixels, & things. Distortions. Are we human? Get off your phone. Stalk me. @marissa.pdf. Misread. Pixels everywhere. Human/Robot? Digital. Printed. Pixels.
Misread is a typeface inspired by the security system CAPTCHA. It is a variable font inclusive of Misread Regular — a delicate and gentle italic font, and Misread Wide — a loud and strong extended font with playful curves and fun loops. The middle ground between Misread Regular and Wide is "Unknown" — a chaotic distortion of shapes, illegible even.
Misread questions why we recognise letters the way we do, what makes an A an A, a G a G, an S an S? It challenges how much we can distort letterforms before they become illegible. It questions our ability to recognise jumbled pixels as letterforms, and how this makes us human in a digital world.
reCAPTCHA works by using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) programs to scan large bodies of text and identify any words that cannot be read by these programs. reCAPTCHA then presents two words to online users — one control word, and the word that cannot be recognised. When you identify the control word correctly, the system identifies you as a human (and not a robot) and gains some confidence that you have successfully digitised the unknown word. Regular
If 10 other people agree on the transcription of the word, the system then assumes this is correct. This system has been used to digitise millions of books and news archives, so essentially by doing these CAPTCHA puzzles, we were actually helping decipher unknown words and assisting in the process of digitising books. Wide
Misread typeface and microsite by Marissa H (2021).