»Cryptolog Typography« is a careful selection of typographical illustrations extracted from »Cryptolog: The Journal of Technical Health«, a magazine internally produced by and for employees of the National Security Agency (NSA), the biggest intelligence service of the USA.
The magazine was published quarterly from 1974 until 1997 and has been declassified since 2010. It contained articles about operation procedures, profiles, new technical achievements or book reviews up to top secret classifications. Still a lot of parts are censored, but looking through the archive of the roughly 100 magazines allows interesting insights: The nature of the NSA organization itself and their operations is hidden and secret—not visible. Besides that, their operations and intelligence are abstract, complex actions. The mostly playful and handmade illustrated headlines and illustrations suddenly shape these secret and abstract intelligences into one visual representation—evoking a strong tension between the visible and (publicly) invisible.