Design Process

Otlet diagramBook Remixing #03 is the third in a series of workshops for designing and making new types of hybrid books. The hybrid book, or unbound book, is an experiment to investigate what happens once the book is free of its current form of a printed book and usable in multiple and malleable digital forms. Continue Reading…

Does digital publishing have to be immaterial? No at all. This nice example below shows clearly that you don’t have to neglect the material aspect when publishing a magazine or book digitally.

What you see is the last issue of Multitudes, the French philosophical and political monthly journal founded in 2000. When creating their issue 54 “Luttes de classes sur le web”, they came up with this excellent idea: to use a cardreader USB big enough to print some content on. Continue Reading…

Organised by Open Knowledge Foundation, UK and taking place in London and online.


The event will be a good opportunity to work with some great people, try out news tools and learn some digital  publishing workflows. Teams are looking a visualisation tools, digital editing and content processing workflows in WordPress. Having a road test of Textus should be an interesting ride, fingers crossed. Textus is the OKF web annotation tool set. Hopefully its moved on from its rockier start back in 2012 when I last tried an install without much luck, if not hopefully the group can pitch in and help fix things.

Textus –

Event details

When: 25th January 2014, 11am – 6pm (if 11am is too early for you it’s OK to join later!)

Online: Google Hangout + IRC (#okfn on freenode)

In Person: Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG
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Who: Anyone interested in literature, philosophy and taking these online

In exploring the complexities and speculative futures of academic publishing the HPL is developing new tools, systems, infrastructures and ideas within a problem space that is both trapped within feudal academic knowledge exchange system, and rapidly changing everyday. From the death of Aaron Swartz to the scurrying realignments of the big academic publishers with their digital counterparts; there is an urgency for new ideas to develop new systems that question the exclusivity, inaccessibility, narrowness, and conservativism of the feudal systems to take on a more democratic form. Knowledge managed by the few will, by necessity become knowledge managed by the many. While there are many reasons why knowledge needs to be opened, I agree with Brian Whitworth and Robert Friedman when they say the major drive for this movement will be that ‘only democratic knowledge exchange can scale up to support the breadth, speed and flexibility modern cross–disciplinary research needs.’We now find ourselves between a print past and a digital future characterized by hybrid, transitional, and in perpetual negotiation; a condition that that requires us to engage with other researchers and practitioners and to anticipate constant reinvention, and to anticipate a multiplicity of ideas. The Hybrid Publishing Lab was developed to begin tackling some of these big issues through trandisciplinary research (and design).

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