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FOMO: The next disruptive technology for the publishing industry? April 9, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, product design

The FOMObile It stands for Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) and could be the next disruptive technology for the publishing industry. It makes its debut at Design Week in Milan and will “trawl content from social media” and the scheduled programming to produce a newspaper that will be distributed for free. The software, developed by Space Caviar, “will automatically create written articles from live speech and social media streams” during the three-day event. FOMO will use…

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Project Gutenberg with a Twist March 12, 2014 – Posted in: product design

When we think of Project Gutenberg we thing of a vast library of free e-books at our fingertips. Well,  drink think again. Check out this prototype they’re playing with at the French booze conglomerate Pernod-Richard. Developed by The Breakthrough Innovation Group (BIG), Project Gutenberg consist of a well designed fleet of 6 recyclable containers, each filled with a different spirit, and a mobile app that leads and guides you to the perfect cocktail. From the press release:…

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Space saving bookshelf holds your dining room table January 24, 2014 – Posted in: books in design, product design

Welcome to ‘As If From Nowhere’ a project by Irish designer Orla Reynolds that originated from Reynold’s “imagining the home as a theatre stage.” Through her research focused on small living spaces, she found “the walls seemed to be the most wasted space” so Reynold’s “decided to work within the dimensions of a bookcase” with the movement from bookcase to dining mimicking a scene change. Story in The Irish Post h/t Shelf Awareness

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A Biblio-Command Center June 3, 2013 – Posted in: books in design, product design

The OpenBook Chair courtesy of the London design firm TILT. Here’s the pitch: While technology advances, and contrary to expectations, books are still loved. The OpenBook is a seat and a library that celebrates the printed form…It is a comfortable reading space for those wanting a quieter moment, while also a showcase for books and magazines of any size and shape. At the same time the chair was to be open, exposing the user to others…

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