Posts Tagged ‘what_if’

What if booklet binding

May 9, 2011

section binding, and the stripes will go into slits, 15mm from the top.

What if -mockup (dodgy)

May 7, 2011

just to give a rough idea of what it looks like, how to bind it, the size of the stripes, etc

I will probably screenprint the cover (white on black) and change the type setting. The photos will be printed on thick paper, full colour and I will maybe print the stripes on colour paper. I will print another last mockup on monday to check all this, or make a plain one (Ill see).

what if updates

May 1, 2011

☝ Flatplan of the booklet

The final piece of the what if project will be a booklet presenting, explaining and concluding on the project. If I have enough time I will also make one similar for the prototype project. I decided on a simple layout with one image/project per page and some sort of stripe or piece of paper with the explanations and process. When opened the format is proportional to paperbacks format (and fits in a A5 -economy).

☝ Flatplan of the stripes

☝ Reflection on the sizes

The mockup I made in order to work out the binding, the number of pages and stripes needed. I think I will try a perfect binding because with the section I have one stripe that doesn’t end in the right place.

☝ Some spreads (will be printed in colour)

☝ What it would look like with the stripes on

☝ Examples of stripes

back to the future — what if

March 8, 2011

I have been really active since this week-end. I made another book for the what-if project, an infinite book (✌).

It will go with the others experiments in the summative booklet I am making, this booklet will be a conclusion to the whole what-if project.


December 2, 2010

Today I have done a bit of work on what if. Actually I have done a lot of thinking and mock-ups.

I started by trying to make a pencil ink. I had a chat with Harvey and the conclusion was that it would be impossible to smash leads finely enough to print with it. The best solution is to use graphite powder (that was used before mixed with wax to make one’s own pencils). There is also another problem the paste used in screenprinting is based on acrylic so it might make the pencil stay on the paper, therefore impossible to rub out. Anyways, I tried with some bits of leads, paste and a brush, I am waiting for it to dry to check. I also notice the nice patterns created by the leads on the paper

Then I tried to ‘bind’ a ‘book’ with elastic band (or rubber band, depending on how you call it). To be frank I wasn’t sure of what I was doing but I thought I’d try…

It turned out quite hard and messy, and most importantly useless.

So, I thought I needed a break.

I decided to do some screenprinting and make another booklet like this one.

This time I wanted black and white and a numeric system to order the pages. If you want to try , you can count the page number, and work out the structure.

Also, I think screenprinting is really yummy and I really want to screenprint edible posters or images.

But I had to go back to what if. I kept on doing more experiments like overprinting

I thought that I would keep experimenting and make a publcation/box that collects all and explains the ideas etc.

But I am still not happy with all this. I chose to go back to the beginning and have a look at my others questions and try to develop from that. My first thought was: my question is stupid, it is impossible,it is a paradox. The only way to have a book that looked like a book but without beginning or end was to take it from the Internet.

I quite like the absurdity (or paradox) in this image, althought it might look like a lazy proposition.

I also thought of different things, I still need time to see if any of them is the answer to what I want to do.
I could make a book that would be two editions of it overprinted.
∵ I could focus on the still nature of the book, try to make one that is either soft, not durable, or inconsistent. Actually I like this but it is quite a tweak of the project. Or maybe not.
I could make installations like the one Paulus suggested with the printer, or less arty I think, having a book with big margins and a pen (or scissors etc) attached to it that impells people to edit it.

Yeah, that’s a lot to think about. I’ll come back to this later

⚐ some research ⚐ what_if ⚐

November 28, 2010


November 10, 2010

Now that I am back from France (and, until I go to Spain), I can focus and finally do all the things I have to do!

Firstly, What If
I have been to the crit yesterday with nothing more than last time really. I will just write down the comments and suggestions I got, and go back to this project later (after context I guess).
† use ring binding, like huge rings
for example
† look for the biggest book ever -apparently it is the Wikipedia book with all the articles
† find extreme positions
† think about the book scale that is human

† think through the words I am using, like do I want to say binding
† if the e-books take over, printed books will be limited artefacts
† an installation might be a solution, for example a printer that prints forever on endless paper
† what is the most edited book?
† what is the positive side of finite objects, do humans understand infinity (like hyperlinks)
† leave the outcome open, what I am more interested in? What my comment would be?

Then context (I have seen my tutor yesterday),
When I saw my tutor a month ago, one of the first questions I asked if I didn’t have too many quotations. He replied: oh no, it’s good. And yesterday, the first thing he said to me was that I have too many quotations (although I reduced the amount myself since october). I now have to reformulate everything, he said, in order to not look like I am lacking ideas. Otherwise the rest is fine, the others comments were about putting the images next to where I refer to them in the text, and again, bigger titles and modify some of them.
I also talked about the visual piece, I am going to make cards, the dissertation will be split on the fronts, and the 3rd mind map I made a month ago, split at the backs. This mind map takes the values from oral and literate cultures I defined and relate them to media, the point is to show how these values are distrbuted. et voilà!



November 4, 2010

After meeting with Paulus tuesday:

About context, it is better to make a piece that contains the whole dissertation. Regarding my case I explained two ideas, one was to have a set of cards with one chapter of the dissertation on each fronts, so that we could compare easily the values described in each. The other idea was to have it designed to reflect each time I am talking about, for example the part about typography could have been letterpressed. This idea was too literal and quite cliché.
I am therefore going with the card system. I now have to figure out what’s on the back of the cards and how they work together.

About What If, the idea is nice, really contemporary blabla. Talking about it made me realise that there were two ideas behind my question, and that I should focus on one printed matter (most likely the book). Adding is a different idea than editing, so I should explore them separately. Paulus’ advice was to study the process of writing, but I am not sure this is what I want to do. He also advised me no to go too technical, but rather look into things like overprinting or annotating. He talked to me about Errata slips, that are sheets inserted into books to correct the mistakes that have been missed.
The brief asks me to raise the same question in different ways, so the outcome will be different exploratory objects.


November 1, 2010

Today’s afternoon has been dedicated on finding materials that can be erased, such as pencil, and also on defining the terms of my question.

Printed Matter, printed material produced by printer or publishers such as books, magazines, booklets, brochures and other publicity and in some cases newspapers.
Book, a set or a collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets made of paper, parchement ot other various materials usually fastened to hinge at one side.
Print, produced by mechanical process involving the transfer of text, image or designs to paper.
Finite, having limits or bounds.


a dry-erase paint (whiteboard) that I would screenrpint onto paper to make erasable pages.
Or, find a way to use this kind of ink to print with:

But I have been inspired by this to make my own pencil ink, which I will try tomorrow morning!

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October 31, 2010

I spent the afternoon researching how to get hold of some sort of list related to domain names. It did my head in but below are a selection of the most useful links.

Some of these websites give concrete information, others are threads from discussion regarding this topic. I also found that today 83,000 .com domain names have been bought, and that there are over 66 millions different registered domain names.

Because I don’t know how much faith I can afford to put in getting some kind of proper internet list, so I told myself that a good alternative might to make a clock in the book. Like a printed changing clock maybe?

Otherwise, I thought I should have an idea of the point I am trying to make with this question. The answer I have so far is that I trying to  define some limits of  printed matters and maybe raise a paradox about print and dynamic info.