Our Algorithmic Lives

Editorial

Brief

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
One of the 700 covers for 'our algorithmic lives' publication.

Insight

The cover is printed digitally enabling each one to be a unique design. Existing digital print 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 was keen to assist this new way of working — which due to the experimental nature of the project has since led to discussions with HPIndigo (the digital printing press manufacturers), to see how this new approach might be utilised further. 

The tall format of the magazine (along with indented paragraphs and typography)  is reminiscent of vertically mounted screens often used by developers. The gate-fold cover maximises the print area allowing greater exploration of this new way of working.

One of the 700 covers for 'our algorithmic lives' publication.
One of the 700 covers for 'our algorithmic lives' publication.
One of the 700 covers for 'our algorithmic lives' publication.
One of the 700 covers for '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 exhibition and events were postponed due to Covid-19).

Spread from 'our algorithmic lives' publication
Spread from 'our algorithmic lives' publication
Spread from 'our algorithmic lives' publication
Spread from 'our algorithmic lives' publication
Detail of the UV grid lines on the cover of 'Our Algorithmic Lives' publication.
A selection of covers of 'our algorithmic lives' publication. Photo © Andrew Hobson

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

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