Book Design | Interaction | Typography | AI
2019

A handwritten letter carries greater sentiment than the same message written via text message interpreted on a screen. Even though technology makes our communication more efficient, why do we still value handwritten manuscript over digital text?

Authenticity, intimacy & materiality

With a few examples of physical handwriting, this book will address three aspects of handwriting in the digital age: authenticity, intimacy and materiality.

I.

Authenticity

[aw-then-tis-i-tee]

Because if there’s one thing handwriting does have going for itself, it’s the authenticity it brings to the paper.

LEAH MANGOLD

Writer, Editor, and Artist

A unique ID & a fingerprint of our existence.

Some sample spreads from this chapter:

II.

Intimacy

[in-tuh-muh-see]

The kind of intimacy in the relationship between the writer and the pen, the reader and the writing.

PHILIP HENSHER

Novelist, Critic and Journalist

The instruments are just so human, such an extension of the hand and the finger.

Some sample spreads from this chapter:

III.

Materiality

[muh-teer-ee-al-i-tee]

This subjectivity is physically inscribed in the movement and the pressure of the pen led across the paper, leaving there an un-exchangeable, personal trace.

José van Dijck & Sonja Neef

Author

A particular moment in terms of its creation.

Some sample spreads from this chapter:

IV.

Sorry!

Everything you just read was a lie.

When the line between humans and technology is blurred, and technology acts as a stand-in for individuals, can we still trust it?

Here is how I faked everything.

Some sample spreads from this chapter:

Conclusion

The real introduction

Technology and automation are increasingly apparent in our everyday lives and are replacing various aspects of human labor. We trust technology without even realizing it. With advances such as artificial intelligence, computers are mimicking human behaviors and exceeding human intelligence. When the line between humans and technology is blurred, and technology acts as a stand-in for individuals, can we still trust it? This book uses handwriting, an extension of human touch, to explore the notion of technology invading our personal relationships and potentially usurping our identity.

Production

Material + Binding + Statement

The Material

Transparent films & Laminated pages

The Binding

A double Wire-O binding, where the cover and the content have two separate rings.

The Statement

The statement cards are made for the purpose of presentation.