(thesis advisor)Andrew Zornoza
(thesis advisor)Galit Lurya
(designer)Parsons the New School for Design. Design & Technology Dept.
May 10 2015
Designer's statement: Reading books is not a solitary action. Reading connects us to others creating a shared experience; when we see a favorite book in a friendâ€™s bookcase or see someone on the train reading the same book we just finished- these discoveries create opportunities for us to discuss, to learn, to connect.
Many of us mark in books major points in important or forceful statements, words that moved something inside us and made an impact. We use various ways to mark books. We underline or highlight, draw vertical lines at the margin, stars or asterisk at the margin, circle keywords or phrases and write in the margin, or at the top or bottom of the page. Ebooks offer a possibility that print books do not; the ability to extract metadata directly from the files themselves and readers markings. But metadata and markings are not sufficient in creating a change. They lack the important step of reflection. How do we help this reflection process take place? In my thesis, I am helping readers capture book quotes that have touched them by turning them into beautiful prints that can be hung or shared with others. The process is simpleâ€” choose quotes that inspire you from the books you love, pick a design that makes them shine, share with others, and receive the printed quotes to keep you motivated. I believe the reading experience can become far more engaging and satisfying. This can be achieved by building micro-communities that naturally connect the digital and physical world. These communities would be strengthened by the creation of an intuitive model for collecting, sharing, organizing and discovering connections from the knowledge and insights gained from reading. This would assure that these bits of wisdom remain relevant even after the reading is complete.
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