the visual language of secrecy
I while back I blogged about the US Government’s approved emblems, a moderately popular post for Second Verse. This article in the NY Times today caught my interest in a similar way; it details an attempt by Trevor Paglen to decode the nature and missions of a variety of military “black budget” operations based on some of the only public information that’s available about them: their patches. Paglen has done some work to decrypt the imagery and (really, really poorly written) Latin slogans of these shrouded projects’ emblems. I find the whole concept deliciously intriguing.
I just bought his book, the whimsically titled “I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me” off of Amazon. Here’s hoping I get a chance to write it up soon.