Rick the Bit
is a children's book for nerdy kids.
It's a story encrypted in nine QR codes: step by step you will learn how to decode it by hand. Since every QR code is made of bits, the tale is a metaphor of co-creation: if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.
Started as an assignment to design an open alternative of a binary blob, the book is the analog version of a QR Code reader, installed in any smartphone. Binary blobs are pieces of black boxes inside the software and hardware of the phone that handle essential functions such as GSM, gestures, video playback (DRM), etc.
It is the place where spyware and malware can run without your knowledge. If people have access to the source code, they can compile their own binaries, but more importantly they can inspect the code to verify it does what it should.
Decrypt and read the entire story on ISSUU
RESEARCH, STORY AND DESIGN
Henrik van Leuven
MA Information Design
Design Academy Eindhoven
Trimester 2 / March 2019
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