Newspaper

In the spir­it of self-pub­lish­ing, Rus­sell Dav­ies et ali­ud cre­ated News­pa­per Club, a mostly UK launched col­lect­ive ded­ic­ated to build­ing a ser­vice to help people make their own news­pa­pers. One of my favor­ite ideas is Things Our Friends Have Shot On Flickr which is a beau­ti­ful example of the digit­al world col­lid­ing with print media.

It’s very remin­is­cent of James Bridle’s Tweet­book which, itself, is a prime example of hack­ing cur­rent tech­no­lo­gies to get what doesn’t, but should exist:

I wanted to test Lulu’s capa­city for hard­back books, to con­tin­ue exper­i­ment­ing with the lit­er­ary cor­nu­copia machine, and to see if you could make a tra­di­tion­al diary/journal in ret­ro­spect. And you can, and it’s quite nice (apart from some weird kern­ing issues). No, most of it doesn’t mean any­thing, cer­tainly not to any­one else, but it makes phys­ic­al a very real time and effort.

It was cobbled togeth­er with InDes­ign, but required a cus­tom code to scrape the twit­ter API which is trick­i­er than it sounds since you can only make 100 API calls an hour and are lim­ited to down­load­ing 2000 tweets per hour.

The take away, I sup­pose, is that digit­al cul­ture is find­ing new ways to couch its con­tent and, fur­ther, that paper is still a legit­im­ate medi­um. Best of all, there is an inver­sion to the book/newspaper/scroll meta­phor emer­ging on the web and it’s caus­ing design­ers to rethink the tra­di­tion­al print media lay­outs: