What happens to a typeface when it is exposed to radiation?
In order to understand why one would expose a typeface to radiation, it is vital to understand the effects and fallout of Chernobyl. When the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in 1986, experts predicted as many as 40,000 extra cancer deaths from the radiation spewed onto parts of what was then the Soviet Union. Like the atomic decay that creates radiation, which is impossible to predict for any individual atom, the health effects radiation causes are random, too. A given person who lived in the fallout zone might or might not possess a cesium-137 atom that is quietly mimicking potassium in some innocent cell.
This mutated typeface was created using bleach, ink, the Ukrainian word for Firefly and photo manipulation. The images were then scanned in and manipulated according to the reaction of radiation. It is very experimental – as radiation is. The effects and designs are not controlled or contained, to mimic the effects of radiation. The very DNA of the typeface was altered and its cells destroyed. The typeface is embedded deep in the page, emphasizing radiation buried deep in the skin.