The Colloquy of Mobiles
The Colloquy of Mobiles—
Using paper as a medium in design has helped me to explore information architecture, typographic styling, grid systems, tensions between the visual and verbal, the lure of progressive disclosure, and the power of whitespace as an organizational tool, concepts that I have also found valuable to technological interfaces.
I made this museum booklet to capture the story behind The Colloquy of Mobiles, a 1968 installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. It was created by inventor and cybernetician, Gordon Pask, and was reproduced in 2018. This book takes you through the history of Pask’s original work, the process of recreating Colloquy 2018, and it’s implications on design in the world of Artificial Intelligence.
I took the raw text written for the conversation between bodies in the installation, and transformed it into a full-page, text message conversation (find it on page 10 in my booklet).
I reflect the form of bodies in the installation through typography, for example, in the way that the table of contents resembles a female structure in the installation.
I designed this book through an iterative process using Adobe InDesign. Here’s an overview of my process:
book map + table of contents
image + editorial research
openers + interior pages
front + end matter
cutting + binding of final booklet