Edition Digital Culture
The Reader’s Digest for Digital Nomads
The six softcovers on digital media make up a compellingly coherent series addressing the status of the book as object in an era of digital transformation. The volumes are small enough to fit into coat pockets, and the cut edges, each printed in a single colour with keywords in black, emphasise their object status. They look almost like a picture or model of a ‘book’, an impression enhanced by the cover design referencing a visual language from the past. Anyone carrying an object like this around with them is making a clear statement that even in the digital age they still ‘read books’. This has probably contributed to the series’ great popularity among design students, as noted by several members of the jury. Another factor of success is the easy accessibility of the short essays, the large and irregularly set titles, and the attractive sections containing ‘visual context’ – mostly one image per page. The questions raised by the texts about the function and criticism of digital media are of manifest urgency.