Virus VujaDe is a display typeface that generates sequentially alternating glyphs. Virus VujaDe is essentially a typographic remix project that draws directly from the extended glyph palettes of the regular DejaVu fonts, combining analphabetic glyphs, foreign scripts and symbols to create a palette of four alternate characters of each letter/number in Latin and Cyrillic alphabets. The result is a new and disorientating font that results in unexpected juxtapositions as the user types.
Virus VujaDe was developed by the design studio Barnbrook as a key element of the visual identity for the first Kyiv Biennale of contemporary art, Arsenale 2012. The decision to subvert a pre-existing open-source font to serve as the typographic voice was an active acknowledgement of developments in coding, digital technology and creative online communities. An approach that placed the notion of collaboration ahead of refined aesthetics.
Virus VujaDe is released under the same open-source license as the original DejaVu font, allowing derivative works (as long as Bitstream or Vera are not in the names), and full redistribution (so long as they are not sold by themselves).