Our Algorithmic Lives

Editorial / Digital / Print

A publication for the London College of Communication exhibition ‘Our Algorithmic Lives’ documenting the college wide projects and programme of events.

A selection of covers of 'our algorithmic lives' publication. Photo © Andrew Hobson
A selection of covers of 'our algorithmic lives' publication. Photo © Andrew Hobson

The cover is printed digitally enabling each one to be a unique design.

Existing  software didn’t fully encapsulate the idea of algorithmically generated artwork, leading me to explore the potential for coding an algorithm using Processing.

The printer FE Burman was keen to assist this new way of working — which has since led to discussions with HP Indigo, and the development of the software HP Spark

Detail of the UV grid lines on the cover of 'Our Algorithmic Lives' publication.

The covers are finished with silver ink dots in a grid, which when held under a UV light have vertical and horizontal lines running between them reminding us that algorithms impact our lives in ways both seen and unseen.

The tall format of the magazine  is reminiscent of vertically mounted screens often used by developers, with indented paragraphs alluding to the formatting of source code.

Spread from 'our algorithmic lives' publication
Spread from 'our algorithmic lives' publication

While the publication went ahead, the exhibition was indefinitely postponed due to Covid-19.

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