Marie Otsuka

Hidden Characters

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Hidden Characters consists of two pamphlets. One is an inventory of all of the non-printing characters in InDesign. These “control characters” provide insight into InDesign’s mechanisms—the capacities and constraints embedded in our tool. The other pamphlet illustrates the use of the Paragraph, Tab, Space, Line Break and Page Break marks through typesetting the manual for The Electric Pencil, the original Word Processing software for home use in 1977. Overlayed on translucent paper, the marks can also be seen alone, highlighting the labor of the typesetter. (8.5" x 11", 4.25" x 5.5")

  • Hidden Characters: the inventory
  • InDesign's hidden characters
  • InDesign's hidden characters
  • InDesign's hidden characters
  • Index of InDesign's hidden characters
  • Copy paper, transparent paper, acetate cover
  • Hidden Characters: The Electric Pencil
  • Transparent overlay of control characters
  • Transparent overlay of control characters

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