tree of codes
 
tree of codes tree of codes
nov 17, 2010

tree of codes

image: visual editionspublished earlier this week, jonathan safran foer’s new book tree of codes, pushes book design to new levels in an age of digital publishing. the book appears quite average on the exterior, but once you flip it open each page is precisely die cut to have only a few words exposed. the text inside the book is taken from the street of crocodiles by bruno schulz and given a new interpretation through the unusual printing technique. the book was designed by sara de bondt studio, published by visual editions and features cover artwork by gray318. after being shot down by almost every printer, belgium’s die keure agreed to make the book using a different die-cut pattern on every page. the whole project took over a year, but it demonstrates how a printed book can achieve things never possible on an e reader device.

http://www.visual-editions.com http://www.saradebondt.com http://gray318.com

image: visual editions

image: visual editions

image: visual editions

image: visual editions

image: visual editions

  • Is this what the police mean when they say your story is full of holes?

    Stew from Canada says:
  • how’s this going to work on a Kindle??

    peen says:
  • Book arts=wonderfulness!!!

    C. Bouzide says:
  • err if you think this can’t be reproduced digitally with the same effect then you are sorely lacking in imagination, maybe not on kindle but anyone with basic flash programming skills could do it in flash.

    Basically all layer sneed to be visible at the same time and the ability to remove the top layer reveals what the was masked in the layer below, exactly the same experience as this book.

    That been said the book is infinitely cooler than any digital reproduction could be,

    whubbsie says:
  • No it can’t be true. I can’t believe it! The professionnals said it was impossible to print !?! 😉

    Keepgoing says:
  • Way to cool, i might even read a book

    Rosso says:
  • do I get to keep the missing parts?
    experimental typo-great.
    but is it easy to read?

    yabayeh! says:
  • May the craftsmanship of book making continue! How on earth could you ever compare this to reading or viewing something online. It throws the traditional book in into a new realm and makes new media look positively boring. Bravo all involved!

    Reggie says:
  • definitely i can make a book with more holes

    Randal says:
  • Am I the only one who thinks this is design for design sake? Don’t get me wrong, I love to push the envelope whenever possible, but since I haven’t read the book I can’t really understand what the point is.

    Nomis says:
  • JSF’s writing is so bad he needs gimmicks

    joebear says:
  • Love the idea!
    Must be expensive to print 🙂

    RONY says:
  • quem tem tempo caga longe!!!

    Fábio Flores says:
  • nomis: it’s not design for designs sake it’s a new story from an existing one. The form chosen creates the design

    flo fflach says:

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