Can digital and traditional print media live side by side?

After reading several articles on digital media and about Kindles and their pros and cons I was thinking to myself about print publishing. In the last few years publishing seems to have opened up more and more and become more assessable to the general public with the introduction of self publishing websites such as ( and e-book readers like the Kindle. All of the power is no longer held by the big publishers, with a close friend of mine printing her own book ‘Bringing Home the Stars’ last year which is still selling in bookshops nationwide very successfully I may add! She also mentioned to me that the Kindle edition of the book has been selling just as well as her printed books. This begs the question can the two live side by side?


Lets examine the Kindle and its pros and its cons first




It’s small

It can hold hundreds of books

Its battery lasts for a very long time

You can read both books from the kindle store and from pdf format

You can read a paper or magazine

Its lightweight

It saves space

You can check your emails and browse the web (via the experimental section of the Kindle)

It has a text to speech feature

It can play mp3s

You can change the typeface



It needs to be charged

Its not water proof (so no reading in the bath ladies and gents)

It doesn’t have a back light so if you have no light you can’t read anything on it

Its a set screen size

Its black and white (so no lovely colour spreads)

You can’t do a double page spread on the kindle

You cant quickly flick though the pages

You can change the typeface

It doesn’t display pictures well

You can’t sign a kindle book


Printed books/ magazines



It has an individual physical presence e.g weight texture and smell of its own

Its been printed the publishers directions

You can quickly flick through it

It can look nice on a coffee table

It can nearly been any shape or size

Its printed on paper the publisher chose

Its printed in the font the publisher decided to use

The type can not be changed

They look nice on shelves in your library or home

The author can sign your book



They take up space not every one can have a home library

Books can decompose or get damaged

You can’t change the typeface

Books can’t read to you

They can be heavy (Imagen carrying round a dictionary every where with you)

If you lose a book you have to buy a new copy

Books can cost a lot of money

Notes made in books are there to stay


Now obviously some of these apply to both books and magazines and kindles or other e-reader devices respectively.


Kindles and books both have there places but I believe as more people live in smaller homes and I’ve lived in some small homes where space is at a premium so in these conditions things like the kindle save space.


However there is something to be said of sitting down with a good book or leafing through a magazine. One thing I do wonder is 10 years from now will book be seen as an item akin to the vinyl record which is now still here but more of a specialist item. what will this mean for libraries?



3d printing

I have mentioned on this blog my interest in the field of 3d printing or reprap rapid prototyping now this idea relay do interest me  so much so I am considering investing in one, seeing something you have created on a computer being brought to life and into the real world.

So on a break today I was reading one of my favourite blogs Gizmodo and came across this story on 3d  printed  Bikinis and this on the  blog boing boing about 3d printed clothing.

“The high-tech bikini’s (not particularly sexy) name is derived from “nylon 12″, the material that’s used in the 3D Printing process. Nylon 12 is strong, flexible and 3D printable with an impressive thinness of 0.7 mm (0.027 in). The material is innately waterproof so it’s ideal as swimwear and according to the designers it actually becomes more comfortable when it gets wet.”

“Specifically, a process called selective laser sintering (SLS) is used to achieve the complex geometrical design which combines circles connected by very tiny strings.”

“The bikini’s design fundamentally reflects the beautiful intricacy possible with 3D printing, as well as the technical challenges of creating a flexible surface out of the solid nylon,” says Mary Haung of Continuum Fashion. ” Thousands of circular plates are connected by thin springs, creating a wholly new material that holds its form as well as being flexible. The layout of the circle pattern was achieved through custom written code that lays out the circles according to the curvature of the surface. In this way, the aesthetic design is completely derived from the structural design.”

This made me think about this technology and its possible uses.

Part of me likes the idea of going to a website and being able to print of the latest designer pieces.  Part of me does think this may become a whole new download piracy issues as well though.

I think this is a new emerging technology that has a lot to offer imagine being able to print a salt cellar that you love with out having to go to a store to pick one out or to order and to wait to have it delivered you can have it there and then well with the amount of time it takes print it out.

Other articles on 3d printing

futuristic fashion rapid  prototype shoes

Is 3d printing the industrial revaluation of the digital age ?


Plagrisim in design

he design industrie is full of copied ideas and pices of work but when does borwing an idea become out and out plagerisim


if I were to take some bodys work say for instance davincis monlisa and make a likeness of that work and i try to pass this off as my own then this would be out and out plagrising some one eleses work now I know this is an extrem example and would never ork in the slightest but if I produce a pice of work and then find that some one eles has mad e a copy of my work and is gaining profit from that said work now that is plagrisim the thing is how can we stop this from happening well first nd foremost you need to licesnces your work dependant on how you want it used in the public domain theres the creative comons licences see here for full details acording to

creative commons is


If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve

created, you should consider publishing under a Creative Commons license. CC gives

you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only noncommercial uses) and

protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright

infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified.

If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool

of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works —

from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public

for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being

contributed every day


so this will allow people to work on and develop your work now if you dont want this what are your other options well there are the following


copywright your work this means that you own the rights to your work

this document expalins the use of copy wright in the design filed


further informtion can be found on copy wright on the bellow links


a crash course on copywright

myths about copy rigth

Tube map redrawn

Mark Noad (a designer) has redrawn the Tube London map so that it shows the routes and distances between stations more accurately.

He has posted the map online and plans to launch an iPhone app in the coming days.”(taken from the

I don’t know about any  one  else but I find this  some  what confusing as  a new design   in compassion to Harry Beck’s design  for the  london  tube  map exampled below  designed  originally in 1931.

As  some one that grew  up in london and  used the london underground on a regular basis I find this new  design confusing  this  is not  going to be used  to replace the current tube map “This is not intended as a replacement to the official version – it is simply another way to look at it”. To quote Mark Noad the designer behind this new design.

I do like this as an exercise in design but other than that Im a fan of harry becks design Which very much shows good use of the kiss Design principle and other underground systems throughout the would have used similar designs for there train maps examples bellow.    

Letter a day challenge

I was just thinking  of a typography  challenge   a letter a day all  you have to do is  design a letter a day   just one letter  so lets start  with A