DATE 4/26/2018

Just in time for Mother's Day: The Wirtz Gardens III

DATE 4/25/2018

A flash of light, an imprint on paper: Adam Fuss

DATE 4/24/2018

David Goldblatt, a prowling animal searching for prey

DATE 4/23/2018

His smile said it all: 'Jessica Antola: Circadian Landscape'

DATE 4/22/2018

Get utopian Earth Day inspiration from 'Charas: The Improbable Dome Builders'

DATE 4/21/2018

A beautiful facsimile of the classic Victorian children's primer

DATE 4/20/2018

Robert Storr on Ruth Asawa

DATE 4/19/2018

Ruth Asawa

DATE 4/18/2018

Lovers, pretenders, homosexuals, lesbians, drug addicts, sad girls, hard girls, tough girls, weak girls, girls…

DATE 4/18/2018

Adam Fuss and Stephen Frailey at Spoonbill Studio

DATE 4/17/2018

NEW! Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls

DATE 4/16/2018

A fascinating read for anyone interested in biodiversity: 'Mario Del Curto: Seeds of the Earth'

DATE 4/15/2018

Mama Wants Some Flowers!

DATE 4/15/2018

In 'Handbook of Tyranny' Theo Deutinger asks, 'Where are we now?'

DATE 4/14/2018

Selling shadows: 'Academy of Tal R'

DATE 4/14/2018

Going beyond this senseless existence: Gerhard Richter

DATE 4/13/2018

BACK IN STOCK! The expanded 'Gerhard Richter: Panorama'

DATE 4/12/2018

The shock of the weird in Carroll Dunham's 'Wrestlers'

DATE 4/11/2018

Art & Vinyl: the rarest, purest and most ambitious specimens of their kind

DATE 4/10/2018

Kenro Izu launch event at Oblong Books

DATE 4/10/2018

Remember records?

DATE 4/10/2018

Effects Journal launch at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

DATE 4/9/2018

Brassai: Paris at its least cosmopolitan, its most alive

DATE 4/8/2018

Gorgeous Brassai overview captures 1930s Paris-louche

DATE 4/7/2018

Nature demanded more… Mitch Epstein: Rocks and Clouds

DATE 4/6/2018

In Cottonwoods, Robert Adams asks, 'If it is not too late, will we do better before it is too late?'

DATE 4/5/2018

Dayanita Singh's poetic mini-museum

DATE 4/4/2018

Overlooked Gems and Literary Oddities: New and Recent Releases from Wakefield Press

DATE 4/4/2018

Danny Fields on 'His' Ramones

DATE 4/4/2018

Dayanita Singh: Museum Bhavan Conversation & Book Signing at MoMA PS1

DATE 4/3/2018

The first major Allen Ruppersberg retrospective in more than 30 years

DATE 4/2/2018

Determined not to be trapped by his own trademark: Allen Ruppersberg

DATE 4/1/2018

Happy Easter from ARTBOOK | D.A.P.!

DATE 3/31/2018

'UFO Presences' lands at last!

DATE 3/30/2018

Inscrutable and disorienting: Rineke Dijkstra

DATE 3/29/2018

Arthur Dove: the only American painter who is of the earth

DATE 3/29/2018

'Ice Cream Headaches' launch event at Pilgrim Surf

DATE 3/29/2018

'Sound Studies: Julia Santoli, Rachika S & Ed Bear' at the MoMA PS1 Book Space

DATE 3/29/2018

'My Ramones' author Danny Fields with Sacha Lecca at Spoonbill Studio

DATE 3/29/2018

Danny Fields and Gillian McCain launch 'My Ramones' at Rizzoli

DATE 3/28/2018

'Susan Meiselas: Mediations' is essential reading for Women's History Month

DATE 3/27/2018

Economic, elegant and functional: Jean Prouvé

DATE 3/26/2018

"Prouvé's attitude was to prove that through simplicity the problem could be solved."

DATE 3/25/2018

Modern Women, Greta von Nessen

DATE 3/24/2018

Modern Women, going, going, strong

DATE 3/23/2018

Vija Celmins. A quieter, more beautiful book would be hard to find.

DATE 3/23/2018

"Publishing Politics: The Funambulist + Bronx Narratives + Here There Be Dragons" at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

DATE 3/22/2018

Celebrate Women's History Month with 'Women in Trees'

DATE 3/21/2018

Delight, desire, surprise and trust: Design Is Storytelling

DATE 3/21/2018

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 and Mississippi Records launch 'Dead Moon: The Book' in the MoMA PS1 Book Space

DATE 3/21/2018

Mitch Epstein signing 'Rocks and Clouds' at Dashwood



Seven Questions at the Transition from Print to Digital Publishing: Notes from the Van Alen Publishing Summit

On Friday, October 26, ARTBOOK | D.A.P. publisher and president Sharon Helgason Gallagher spoke at the Van Alen Institute's Publishing Summit. Her notes on the transition from print to digital publishing are below.
Note: I was fortunate to participate in the excellent discussion at the Architecture Publishing Summit organized by Jeff Byles at the Van Alen Institute in conjunction with the Designers and Books events. Here's a revision of some of the points I made during my presentation that I wrote up after the keynote at FIT.


Seven Questions at the Transition from Print to Digital Publishing

1) At what speed do we want to create, design, and enjoy in the digital world? What kind of friction can we find in the digital space to slow us down when we need time to think? Can we design virtual frictions other than the surfeit of information and incessant distraction that currently characterize digital life? Let's get over our crush on the hyperlink and think beyond Massimo Vignelli's little "blue words." What would a "hypolink" be?

2) As we make this transition, what are we leaving behind as exemplars of the printed book? We make a new past each time we make a new future: designers need to expand their practices to include the design of new pasts for the future. What objects do we want the word "book" to denote in the year 2112? Irma Boom spoke of wanting to "build the last book". Shouldn't other designers?

3) How does our design "language game" change when we switch from dealing with "solids" like books and words and pictures to handling something slippery now called "content" that appears to behave more like a fluid or, perhaps, even a gas? Can we come up with a richer -- and more pleasing -- metaphor than "chunking" content?

4) What features of our human makeup should inform the design of virtual reading objects? As I suggested in an earlier post, the book, like the bicycle, has endured as a design object because is it so perfectly suited to the human form. The bicycle: a simple but ingenious design harmoniously suited to the bipedal structure of the human body. The book: a simple but ingenious design of bound pages harmoniously suited to the bilateral structure of the human brain. How can a better understanding of our own human form as digital denizens move us from the app to the apt?

5) If printed media formed a "Fourth Estate" designed to critique a world in which power was articulated in primarily political terms, can new digital forms be designed to function as a "4.1 Estate" in a world in which power is reproduced increasingly as the economic?

6) How can we be proactive in accounting for market externalities as we design new virtual economic objects? Don't we have enough experience now with unintended consequences to think first rather than leaving future generations to clean up our messes? How sure, for example, are we that we won't regret fifty years hence our quick acceptance of advertising as the key monetization model for digital content? Do we really want to expose kids' brains to the amount of advertising they are forced to experience simply to do their homework research on the web? Are we listening for the Rachel Carsons of the digital?

7) Can the publishing industry be taught design thinking? And if you don't believe it can be, what is your design for an alternative sustainable ecosphere that values both culture workers and culture consumers without pitting the two against each other? Can we design an industry and its objects to allow a more dynamic chorus of active and passive voices? Surely, we can do better than the false empowerment of the "Like" button and "fan" culture. Does the invention of the digital make possible a new renaissance of classical forms? Can technologies enabling interactive and collaborative authoring and reading revive the "middle voice" of ancient languages? What are the acoustics of virtual space?

Seven Questions at the Transition from Print to Digital Publishing: Notes from the Van Alen Publishing Summit
Seven Questions at the Transition from Print to Digital Publishing: Notes from the Van Alen Publishing Summit
Seven Questions at the Transition from Print to Digital Publishing: Notes from the Van Alen Publishing Summit
Seven Questions at the Transition from Print to Digital Publishing: Notes from the Van Alen Publishing Summit
Seven Questions at the Transition from Print to Digital Publishing: Notes from the Van Alen Publishing Summit
Seven Questions at the Transition from Print to Digital Publishing: Notes from the Van Alen Publishing Summit
Seven Questions at the Transition from Print to Digital Publishing: Notes from the Van Alen Publishing Summit

DATE 11/19/2017




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