If you’re interested in becoming a tester for a new digital storytelling platform, the makers of Oolipo want to hear from you. Named in reference to the classic group of experimental writers (oulipo), the app makers are seeking to create serialised stories designed specifically for mobile devices that incorporate text, images, audio and video. The app will soon be available more broadly butyou can sign up as a reader or writer now via the app’s web site.
If you’ve ever felt the restorative powers of a good read, you will appreciate the thinking behind The Novel Cure. Since 2008 Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin have prescribed just the right book for people with a variety of complaints from all over the world as part of their ‘bibliotherapy’ service, The School of Life. Their latest endeavour is a book and accompanying web site that includes the intriguing ‘surgery’, a web-based service that enables you to submit an ailment for a personalised ‘curative’ book recommendation.
We use typefaces every day without giving too much thought as to the extraordinary thought and design that goes into their creation, something Adobe wants to change with the release of their new Adobe Originals series. The web site that accompanies the release of Acumin—a ‘versatile sans-serif typeface family’ designed by Robert Slimbach—delves deeply into the font’s design process, history, and intended usage.
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been writing a column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief digital literature projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.