As a Russian-born Swedish citizen, I wonder how we communicate in a world where censorship prevails. WYSIWYDG (what you see is what you do not get) is a satirical project that examines the Russian state’s approach to freedom of expression.
Over the past decade, the Russian state has censored websites (Facebook, Twitter, BBC, etc.) for citizens, in order to limit the distribution of information that is incompatible with their position. One of the few websites available right now is Youtube. According to Youtube’s data traffic, half of the content available on their platform today is instructional videos. When I look back on my design education as a visual communicator, most of my specific skills derive from YouTube tutorials which I have turned to, to learn ‘how to…’ use different design tools.
The project is expressed in the format of those instructional videos, explaining how to use image editing tools, in a context where the examples shown are aligned with the Russian state’s approach to censorship, in order to ridicule, with an aim to disrupt the political narrative of the Russian state.