My friend Deshan once said if books are on the way out, they may as well go out like dinosaurs. Awesome, magnificent carcasses for rats. Maybe so. Above is a die-cut image from a new book by Jonathan Foer. Tree Of Codes is a cut-up book, meaning he’s sampled words from an old story to make a new one. In this case, however, the book is actually cut-up. It’s a story about a last day of life, doing one of the few things a three dimensional book can do that a Kindle can’t. Look like a sculpture. Then, below, is a video of how ink is made. Almost all printed matter is made with a color wheel not of Red, Green and Blue but Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK). The K is black for some reason, kalu?
It’s an interesting process, but the quality of filmmaking here is what makes it amazing. I recommend watching it in the full available 1080 High Definition resolution, an option you can select at the right of the YouTube bar. It’s beautiful coverage of a beautiful process that screens make irrelevant.