RapidSMS is a free and open-source framework for dynamic data collection, logistics coordination and communication, leveraging basic short message service (SMS) mobile phone technology.
In el Bulli’s system the smallest unit is a dish—self-standing, tasty, ready to be combined with other dishes. This allows to create your own meals, and you cannot really go wrong. In addition the book offers 31 well designed meals, ready to be cooked. How can this system translate to publishing? For example what would be the smallest working unit? What kind of content would work well?
The more you touch, however, the more strange the rain becomes: layered skies, visual anomalies and shifts in speed and color, even the occasional cataclysm if you’re not careful. Before your eyes and beneath your fingers, the familiar becomes strange, and the strange, familiar.”
WHAT MAKES RAIN STRANGE? WHEN IT’S FALLING ON YOUR SCREEN—FROM THE INSIDE.
Also a bit of a promotional tool. If you choose the story mode, you have to read what Erik Loyer wrote. You can also choose the Feed mode and that’ll retrieve twitter messages of a certain theme. It didn’t work with mine.
“[…] the overall effect is one of poetic parataxis, disjunctive but coherent.
I’d feared the stochastic arrangement might lessen the overall thrust of the piece—why read to the last page when any page could be the last?—but I hurried to reach the ending. Another reader may have ended on a note of circularity. (“The couch, along the wall, is covered with a Mexican serape. Dagmar is sitting there with her legs folded under her. Above her head, contrasting violently with her blond hair, the dark abstract painting with clots of color that seem to be on fire is still unfinished. It is called Composition No. 1.”) My Composition ended with a bloody ambush of a hideout by the Germans, while two French fighters, sitting quietly out in the woods, listened to the screams. The last line—“A tall German woman with queenly bearing nonchalantly crosses the barnyard. She would be beautiful without her uniform.”—might have had little significance elsewhere, but here I was stunned by its eerily flat tone and sculptural asymmetry. It was not so much what the author did that was impressive, but what he, deliberately, did not.” —Robert Moor
Tate Modern provides online resources, that accompany their public exhibitions. These resources are primarily aimed at educators to prepare for their visit and embed the exhibition into their syllabus. These packages can become solid companions, providing a next level experience of the exhibition, not limited to educators.
An educator’s pack comes in different shapes and volume. In very basic terms, it is a website or downloadable pdf with general background information on the artist and the show; splitting up the material into various over-arcing themes. There are anecdotes, trivia and biographical facts. There are various types of activities and forms of engagement, there are images and links to further reading.
Consider this concept for other forms of publishing. Publications that facilitate thorough engagement with the content
Consider exercises to add the level of experience and emotion—a catalyst to learning
“Lapham’s Quarterly in association with the Institute for the Future of the Book answers the question with a new form of discussion and critique–an annotated edition of the report on a website programmed to that specific purpose, evolving on short deadline into a collaborative illumination of an otherwise black hole.
We invited a quorum of informed sources (historians, generals, politicians both foreign and domestic) to add marginal notes and brief commentaries at any point in the text seeming to require further clarification or forthright translation into plain English.”
“The ISG Report is an experiment along the way. The form in which it is presented is an early prototype of a new style of Internet document that puts the conversation of readers on equal footing with the text.”
Consider annotation (open)
Craig Mod is an independent writer, designer and publisher, who produced a number of templates for formless content to be adjusted according to your reading needs, especially suited for iPad.
He also published an interesting view on the future of the book and the challenges and chances for tablet design and reading experience.
Craig on Craig: “I believe there is an emerging confluence of simple technologies around books, publishing, networks and education that can be leveraged to change the way we think about learning and information accessibility. If you’re working in this space, I’d love to chat.”
Consider reading needs on different devices
Consider reading needs in different situations
Consider choice (a design that holds option for the end user not the producer)