8 million protagonists? New York City writes itself

nycwritesitself
http://www.newyorkwritesitself.com/

From the Q&A section:
“1. What is New York Writes Itself?
“New York Writes Itself” is an ongoing series of creative productions fueled by the real people of New York – what people see and hear in the city is recorded as a ‘script’, which forms the inspiration for music, creative writing, art exhibitions and more.

2. What is a Scribe?
Scribes should be observational and in touch with the people of New York, ready to capture amazing moments of creativity. Scribes are people who record their observations of people in the streets of New York – great characters they see, scenes they witness, or quotes they hear. Scribes write down their observations in the ever-growing ‘script’, housed at newyorkwritesitself.com

3. Who can be a Scribe?
Potential scribes can be students, writers and generally creative individuals. To be a scribe you must be at least 18 years old and the age of majority in his or her state of residence.

4. If I am a Scribe where does my writing live?
A Scribe’s writing lives in the main ‘Script’ on the NYWI website and in your Scribe profile. You can share your submission with your personal networks thru social media outlets.

5. What is the “Script”?
When Scribes see or hear something of interest in New York, they record it on the ‘script’. The Script is a constant record of all the Scribes’ submissions. We consider the script to be the fuel that drives the creative nature of New York Writes Itself. Check it out here.”


Consider New York 🙂

The Open Utopia / read write rethink tomas more

http://theopenutopia.org/

“This digital edition of Utopia is open: open to read, open to copying, open to modification. On this site Utopia is presented in different formats in order to enhance this openness. If the visitor wishes to read Utopia online they can find a copy. If they want to download and copy a version, I’ve provided links to do so in different formats for different devices. In partnership with The Institute for the Future of the Book I provide an annotatable and “social” text available for visitors to comment upon what More – or I – have written, and then share their comments with others. Those who like to listen will find a reading of Utopia on audio files, and those who want to watch and look can browse the user-generated galleries of Utopia-themed art and videos. For people interested in creating their own plan of an alternative society, I’ve created Wikitopia, a wiki with which to collaborate with others in drafting a new Utopia. More versions for more platforms are likely to be introduced in the future.” —Stephen Duncombe

Bibliotype // bed, knee, breakfast

http://craigmod.com/bibliotype/demo/

adjust the screen and typography according to your reading gusto

adjust the screen and typography according to your reading gusto

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)

Game Theory // how to turn a book into a digital stack of cards

http://www.futureofthebook.org/gamertheory2.0/

how to read this book

I took the description of how to navigate through this book experience from the book’s website.

  1. Navigation. The top row lists the chapters in the book. You can choose your chapter (there are nine of them) by title. The second row lists the number of ‘pages’ in the chapter. There are 25 page cards, divided into sets of five. Clicking on a button in the second row will take you to that set. Some chapters have figures. The figure link appears at the end of the second row and pops up a new window.
  2. Link into the past. These links show the corresponding pages (as much as possible) to the original GAM3R 7H30RY 1.1 version. Sometimes things have changed, sometimes they stay the same. Explore and find out!
  3. The page cards. Oh novelty. You can click on a card to bring it to the front. The comments associated with that card will appear on the right (E). The number in the corner is the page title (it is also the paragraph number in the book. Yes, Ken writes in numbered paragraphs)
  4. The title is also a permalink. If you think that this particular paragraph is worth sharing, you can click on the title and copy out the link that appears in the top. Send that to your friends and they’ll be able to get right to your favorite parts.
  5. The comments on a particular page card. You can leave a comment on the card, in which case you use the “Leave a new comment” link, or you can resopnd to a comment that has already been made, using the “Reply to comment” that appears below each comment. Discussion will accumulate. Luckily, you can scroll.
  6. This is a short list of the most recent comments/discussion in the forum. You can click on of the titles to go right to that topic, or use the Go To Forum link to check out the full discussion from the top.
  7. Search it. More comprehensive than a book index. Faster too.
  8. More navigation: flip through the pages using these arrows. You can start at page 1 and go all the way to the end if you want. Or you can start at page 225 and read it backwards. We’re flexible.
  9. The running footer. A leftover convention from book design, we’ve added a link to that glorious networked bookk, Wikipedia. Find out more about the games, or if you’re feeling ambitious, write more about them. Because you can do that.
  10. The footer. Links to the FAQ, about the author, and to the page where you can subscribe to the feed (if you prefer a feed reader to this interface). Also, on the right, a way to contact us, find out more about the Institute for the Future of the Book, and the Creative Commons License.
  • Notes! We’ve included all the endnotes (which included some of the comments from GAM3R 7H30RY 1.1). Keep your eye out for the small asterisks. Find one and click to get a pop up with all the notes for that card.
the book broken up into a stack of cards. each one can be commented on the write. this seemed an important feature to improve and change from version 1 to the current.

the book broken up into a stack of cards. each one can be commented on the right margin. this seemed an important feature to improve and change from version 1 to the current.

the table of content to this book—an exploration in form or a book turned into a website

the table of content to this book—an experimentation in form or a book turned into a website

This has become a common feature in digital publishing to explain how to navigate through the book and find orientation. Another example for a tablet Magazine can be found in this post.

Three Star Books: render significant objects in significant form

The previous post shows Jonathan Monk’s Billboard Book Project, a project published through Three Star Books. This led to a further investigation of their practice…

MEN AND WOMEN COMMONLY DRESS ALIKE by A. KNOWLES & R. TIRAVANIJA / Published March 2011 / Edition of 10 copies with 4 artists’ proofs and 6 copies hors commerce / All copies are signed and numbered by the artists / Work description: Format: 73,5 x 155 cm - 28.9 x 61 in. / Digital printing on canvas, bamboo / Computer programming: Adrian Peter Orion Lauf

MEN AND WOMEN COMMONLY DRESS ALIKE by A. KNOWLES & R. TIRAVANIJA / Published March 2011 / Edition of 10 copies with 4 artists’ proofs and 6 copies hors commerce / All copies are signed and numbered by the artists / Work description: Format: 73,5 x 155 cm – 28.9 x 61 in. / Digital printing on canvas, bamboo / Computer programming: Adrian Peter Orion Lauf

“Founded in 2007, Three Star Books is the creation of Christophe Boutin, Cornelia Lauf and Mélanie Scarciglia. The company is based in Paris, with a desk in Rome. […]

Three Star Books produces artisanal book editions by the finest contemporary artists. The term “book” is interpreted loosely, as the final product often exceeds the physical and conceptual parameters of publishing. Editions have included aluminum sculpture, wooden reliefs, glitter paintings, and other outgrowths of a given publication.

The trademark of Three Star Books is finely crafted, hand- made (or manually modified) objects–globally sourced. Each title closely follows the indications of the artist, elaborated in close discussion with the partners. Inspired by the legacy of the Parisian livre d’artiste, in a virtual age where most publishing is obsolete, Three Star Books aims to render significant subjects in significant forms.”

More examples:
SLAVS AND TARTARS
http://www.threestarbooks.com/en/slavs-and-tatars-love-letters/
Love Letters (wool, yarn, 2013) takes an original Mayakovsky drawing and features several failed attempts to assign Cyrillic letters or graphemes to sounds or phonemes (from Polish to Abkhaz, Moldovan to Tajik) that did not previously exist in a Cyrillic alphabet.

Published June 2013 / Edition of 3 copies / Each carpet is accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate / Format: 250 x 250 cm / Wool, yarn

Published June 2013 / Edition of 3 copies / Each carpet is accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate / Format: 250 x 250 cm / Wool, yarn

RYAN GANDER
http://www.threestarbooks.com/en/ryan-gander-i-m-trending/
Taken from the language usurped by Twitter, the title for Ryan Gander’s I’M TRENDING is prescribed to the way in which multiplied uses of a word, idea or concept grow in popularity based on the nature of repetitive use. By the artist’s account, this project is viewed as a collision between the book and an artwork; what happens when various forms coalesce?

Published June 2012 / Edition of 10 copies / with 3 artist's proofs / Each copy is accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate / Work description: Fourteen pairs of resin casts hosted in cardboard and fabric slipcases Casts realized in resin, painted in fluorescent colors and coated with UV paint Slipcases: Reliure du Centre, Limoges/Paris

Published June 2012 / Edition of 10 copies / with 3 artist’s proofs / Each copy is accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate / Work description: Fourteen pairs of resin casts hosted in cardboard and fabric slipcases Casts realized in resin, painted in fluorescent colors and coated with UV paint Slipcases: Reliure du Centre, Limoges/Paris

TAUBA AUERBACH
http://www.threestarbooks.com/en/tauba-auerbach-stab-ghost/
STAB/GHOST, is a a translucent book composed of clear plastic (PVC) pages, silkscreened with patterns, sewn with lanyards of plastic thread, and mounted on a specially designed light table. True to her interest in complex geometries and color theory, the book also functions as a light sculpture.

Published Summer 2013 / Edition of 10 copies with 3 artist's proofs / Book description: Format: 30 x 40 x 2,5 cm, 11.81 x 15.74 x 1.18 inches / 100 sheets of 250 microns Lexan / 4 color silkscreen / PVC stab binding / Clear plexiglas wave / Light Box Table: Wood / ROSCO LED panels / Clear plexiglas hood

Published Summer 2013 / Edition of 10 copies with 3 artist’s proofs / Book description: Format: 30 x 40 x 2,5 cm, 11.81 x 15.74 x 1.18 inches / 100 sheets of 250 microns Lexan / 4 color silkscreen / PVC stab binding / Clear plexiglas wave / Light Box Table: Wood / ROSCO LED panels / Clear plexiglas hood

TOBIAS REHBERGER
http://www.threestarbooks.com/en/tobias-rehberger-holy-silence/
When asked to design a publication, Rehberger chose to make the kind of stand-up publication that the smallest of children play with. The rigid and yet loose “pages” of Holy Silence are constructed so as to fit something like the elements in Charles and Ray Eames’ 1952 House of Cards, a toy that is also a piece of complex engineering.

Published Spring 2008 / Edition of 6 copies with 4 artist's proofs / Each edition is signed by the artist / Book description: Formats: 87 x 59 x 10 cm - 34.3 x 23.2 x 3.9 in. closed (approx.) / 180 cm - 70.8 in. open (approx.) / 11 plates of different laser-cut materials

Published Spring 2008 / Edition of 6 copies with 4 artist’s proofs / Each edition is signed by the artist / Book description: Formats: 87 x 59 x 10 cm – 34.3 x 23.2 x 3.9 in. closed (approx.) / 180 cm – 70.8 in. open (approx.) / 11 plates of different laser-cut materials