“Expanding Books and Post-Digital Print” is a new text available in English, Castellano and Català on the CCCB blog (Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona).
This Tape Will Self Destruct by Diego Trujillo Pisanty is an artwork inspired by cold war spy fiction, consisting in an electronic device that prints documents extracted from Cold War fictions on thermal paper, then burning them shortly afterwards. Much safer than than Snapchat.
Hemingwrite is the post-hypster typewriter, a prototype for a plastic typewriter (with a nineties inspired design) with LCD display, wi-fi capability, Dropbox synchronisation, Google Docs and Evernote access and capable memory. Backlight if needed. But single purpose, so, of course, “distraction-free.”
In Sincerity Machine: The Comic Sans typewriter Jesse England is disrupting the hipster status of typewriters, modifying a seventies model with new laser-engraved acrylic letters (and key covers accordingly, too) with the folklore digital font par excellence: Comic Sans.
Write or Die is a software which starts to delete what you’re writing if you pause for too long, word after word (you set the waiting time). Novelist David Nicholls used it for his latest book “US” and defined it “It was as if I was writing with a gun to my head.”
“g” by Jack Strange, a lead ball on the ‘g’ key, endlessly filling digital pages.
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.