Printed Web – The Triumph of the Version


I finally received the three issues of Printed Web, edited by Paul Soulellis (Thanks Paul!). Printed Web 3, the latest one, includes 147 contributions and exists through multiple instances, both electronic and physical: a series of zines, a black and white reader/index, a full color print on demand volume modified with hand-stitched binding, a series of neoprene skins, an online archive, and a 147-frame GIF. The joyful clash of so many diverse works makes me think of PW3 as a sort of BYOB in print. It is maybe no coincidence that Rafaël Rozendaal, the initiator of the BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) format is part of PW2.

The Reader/Index also hosts two texts: an interview with Alexander Galloway and my own “Digital Publishing – In Defense of Poor Media”. I couldn’t think of a better context for it: PW demonstrates how “the version triumphs over the edition”. Buy/download it here!

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Bonus info: the typeface used in PW3’s cover is called Avara and was made by Raphaël Bastide.

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