Knot A Stutter

A visualisation of a recorded interview between Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and the Miwaukee Journal Sentinel. Throughout the interview Cain shows signs of secondary behaviours and blocks associated with stammering. However, the degree to which these occur and the proportion of disfluent to fluent speech means Cain cannot be classified as having a stammer, he is simply disfluent.


This speech visualised through knotted string highlights the normalcy of irregularities. A common issue with stutterers is the need to speak fluently. What most don’t realise is that complete fluency in speech doesn’t exist. This visual demonstrates that even public speakers aren’t completely fluent. Each knot represents tension and the various types of block, that all people can experience at any age.