The Library of Babel
The project was a response to a brief set by The International Society of Typographic Designers to create a typographic project on the theme of “everything about one thing.”
My response to this brief discussed the theme of “Bit-Rot” aka Data Decay with the starting point focussing on the obsolescence of the floppy disk.
Bit-Rot is something most people aren't aware of, but in a digital age this is a really interesting and urgent topic. Most people don't realize how unstable digital media is for storing information from a long term perspective.
“You can read a book that's 200 years old, but you can't read a computer file that was created five years ago”
The format is based on the dimensions of the 8-inch floppy disk with the main body copy from the short story “The Library of Babel” by Jorge Luís Borges; a short story about a library which contains every story ever written and that ever will be written and how they are stored.
I illustrated the book by corrupting the text based on research of how corrupted files appear in a word processor.
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