Manifest for Post-Digital Publications
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The Future Format project started from our interest towards print publishing’s future and from frustration of the discussion surrounding the “death” of print. As young designers we have entered the field at a turning point of the media, during which schools taught us about the importance of digital publishing and different medias wrote about the inevitable death of prints.
We didn’t strive to find concrete solutions but to provide a platform for discussion, inspiration, and questioning. We composed a manifest of five theses, the background work for the project, on the basis of the discussions related to the topic and the questions that formed from those discussions.
Our goal was to stir discussion about this subject. We wanted to shake the people, to wake them up: we wanted the readers to demand better reading experiences, the designers to think about the differences between prints and digital designs, and to inspire the people working with reading technology of the possibilities of the future.
The final execution of the project was a combination of an exhibition and a release Manifest for Post-Digital Publications. The five different theses of the manifest were presented in the form of visual installations, which were presented in exhibition as well photographed as a “illustrative image” for printed manifest. They questioned the current situation of the publishing platforms, played with their possibilities from the point of view of both different senses and sustainable development, and emphasised the characteristic features of prints and the digital world.