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2 weeks

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11.25 in × 16.5 in

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Lettering: custom stencil with spray paint
Type: Courier New, Granite.


This zine is spot on in its message, with a name to cleverly match. The interfaces of flagship sites such as facebook and twitter pervade nearly every aspect of human existence nowadays. This is a clever poke at the way we interact with media.

The publication is an examination of life as a template-based experience. It points out ways we systematize human life, from naming our children to online dating to death rituals. The design draws on vernacular common to templates by incorporating “submit” and “like” buttons, and spaces for the reader to leave feedback. There is also a wacky mad lib style obituary section, a make-your-own standardized test, and a color-by-number cemetery scene. The zine is therefore a “symbolic template;” usable but for no purpose. It pokes fun at contemporary concepts like “prosumerism” and “interconnectivity” as ideas that sometimes serve to dehumanize people rather than improve quality of life.

The use of print to begin with is part of the zine’s irony. There is a visceral quality that comes with touching gritty paper and feeling the ink rub off onto your fingertips. It’s an experience that has an authenticity to it. It can’t be reproduced online. Newsprint can be tricky to work with because it’s hard to achieve subtle gray values. So this zine was designed with mostly high-contrast imagery: digitally distressed screen captures and spray-painted typography (from a handmade template). The medium isn’t a precious object, so readers may feel inclined to interact with it more.

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Lauren Dickens

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Lauren Dickens

Former intern at UnderConsideration LLC.

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May 26, 2011


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