Science Behind Reading Behaviour: Paper Vs. Plasma

I’m really struggling with reading on digital platforms simply because I’ve gotten used to reading text on paper. When I got reading lists from college, the first thought that popped into my mind was PRINT THEM ALL! Personally, reading journals on a laptop is not an enjoyable process for me. I find it difficult to…

“ The last throw of the dice”

There are only a few magazines today that have had as longstanding success as NME. The vanquishing magazine, which had been published weekly since 1952, decided to become a free magazine in September 2015. This decision came after a decade- long decrease in sales. The decline resulted in the magazine sales just to 15,000 copies….

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Publishing

So who among us actually knows the difference between Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality? More and more frequently am I seeing both of these terms being batted around, so I decided to just sit and do a little research on each, try and get my head around it a little and also see how these…

Ephemerality and the Internet: On Response to a Request

Response to a Request is an art appreciation website, which was recently founded by Irish art critic and writer Rebecca O’Dwyer.  The website provides a platform for writers to engage in sustained visual analysis in an original and experimental setting. Once a fortnight, a new writer, often invited by O’Dwyer herself, chooses an image of…

Words or material culture?

As an archaeologist, the words of Danton and his obvious passion for the discipline “history of books” had all kinds of thoughts swirling in my head. For the last three years, I’ve been heavily reminded in every lecture that material culture is vital in understanding past societies; jewellery can teach us about The Roman elite,…

Corporate communication as a lifeblood or a stalemate

It always seems so easy to shift the responsibilities to others and even easier to give instructions when you have an operating staff of 10 people. But when it comes to larger scale you are to learn about corporate communication or die. Like Friedrich Ratzel (German geopolitician) in 19th century coined a notion that a…

Print’s not dead

When the internet became more broadly available and a variety of new media emerged around the turn of the millennium, there was a lot of concern about how these new developments would change and re-shape the world of media. People were particularly worried about the effects these changes would have on the consumption of printed…

Exploring Texture

Last Friday, I (finally) got my UK phone, a new iPhone which is a welcome upgrade from my cracked 4S. After setting it up I decided to catch up on all the upgrades I missed out on. One of the most notable for me being the addition of the News app, which collates all of…

The Hidden Magic of Colours

We all know those little voices whispering into our mind. We can’t hear them, but during daily life they are always around us. We listen to them when we buy those little chocolate bars next to the cash counter – although they are just way too expensive. We smell them, when we walk past a…

Is the human condition expressed in contemporary art?

Art of every age expressed spirit of humanity at that point. When art was reserved for gods, it presented only their imageries, when gods shared their lordship with masters, artists start to paint and sculpt kings and emperors, write about their lives. Art always reflected what was in the center of humanity concerns and adoration….

Tune out, dive deep, read on: rejuvenating print

Having a Graphic Design background has allowed me to explore the many sectors of design, I soon realised that design can be bigger and more significant than I ever could have imagined. As designers we learn to grow with technology whilst recognising and interacting with the many different mediums we have to work with. However,…

Where can I find…?

We live in an age when there has never been greater access to books and writing, and yet at the same time, never has the visibility of physical books been under greater threat. Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller. In a world oversaturated with published content, both in print and online, through the more traditional…

Is reading with the ears still reading?

For the last few years, one of the recent exploding sectors of the publishing world have been the audio-books, which are now as popular as they have become a still growing billion-dollar industry. However, for a lot of people, listening to a book stays incomparable with reading a book. But is there a real difference…

Are independent magazines overpriced?

Steven Gregor ran Gym Class magazine, ‘a magazine about magazines’, for fourteen issues. In his editor’s letter of the final issue of Gym Class ‘Autumn/Wintour 2016’ (and the StackMagazines podcast: http://apple.co/2gFJOps) he discusses the state of the indie magazine market today, and Gym Class’s position within it. I found his insight in to the “overpricing”…

Loss of credibility of the European press

Allow me to bring you back to the Snowden affair in December 2013. Alan Rusbridger editor-in-chief at the Guardian balanced the pros and the cons of publishing NASA’s top secret documents in his journal. After blackening every name and ask for experts advise he finally published the files. Following the democracy, giving him freedom of…