This is not rocket science, but common sense applied to typography and printing science. 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani painstakingly calculated the enormous saving that US Government can achieve in simply switching from Times New Roman to Garamond, maintaining the same level of readability. It can be quantified in 400 Million Dollars, not counting the saving of paper. This would be easily started setting it by default in the next word processors upgrades: Microsoft, Apple, are you listening?
Nicknamed as a ‘robot writer’, the software which wrote a earthquake breaking news article on LA Times was able to do it drawing on trusted sources and placing data into a template. The algorithm was written and coded by journalist Ken Schwencke.
The Big Atlas of LA Pools by Benedikt Groß (DE) and Joseph K. Lee (US) “located and traced the contours of over 43000 pools and other manmade water boundaries” and then articulated this (small) big data into different datasets printing them out in respective 74 Books, with a grand total of ca. 6000 pages. Once more print as archive and conceptual display.
“A library without books” would be the suggestive payoff of this public library equipped only with digital devices. It’s a $2.4 million library system (with 500.000 private donations). “The facility is equipped with 700 e-readers, 200 enhanced e-readers preloaded for children, 48 iMac desktop computing stations, nine Mac laptops, 40 iPads, four interactive touch screen tables and an X-Box gaming system hooked up to two large screens. The e-book collection is provided by 3M Cloud Library and includes 10,000 titles, with plans for more. The library includes an Internet cafe, children’s learning area, digital research room, a reading commons, group study rooms and a community room. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.” http://bexarbibliotech.org/
Ebook readers are way more portable when it comes to travel, and they can also be a terrific introduction to (interactive) reading. And where even books can be rare, a huge quantity of ebook can travel from one device to another in a matter of minutes.
E-readers: the best way to get the world’s children reading
“Please don’t print the internet” is the title of the petition Justin Swanhart is promoting on Change.org in order to ask the artist to stop encouraging people to “print the internet.” A classic case of how performance can trigger the insurgence of contradictory (and in this case very mislead) feelings. The symbolic crowdsourced act of Goldsmith is filling the space with print exactly when this space should be empty and abstracted. And the sharing of what’s on servers in a common space, without the constrain of screens is another liberating approach (not to mention the Aaron Schwartz constant reference). Maybe a petition directed to MIT would have been more appropriate (and environmentally effective).