The Role of Data in Culture

ARCADE

Overview

ARCADE is a Seattle-based non-profit that publishes a magazine bringing together voices from the design disciplines and the arts. Schema were the designers of the 33rd volume, and for the first issue Schema founder Christian Marc Schmidt was the feature editor, contributing the essay “Data Culture” on the impact of data in culture and the arts and showcasing work by artists using data in their practice, from Ben Rubin and Laura Kurgan to Ryoji Ikeda. Read the article.

ARCADE 33.1 cover displays the most frequently used words in the issue
ARCADE 33.2 cover displays the most frequently used words in the issue
ARCADE 33.3 cover displays the most frequently used words in the issue
The covers feature an index of most popular words from inside the issue
Schema authored the ARCADE 33.1 feature on the significance of data in society and culture
Data visualization as an artistic medium is a recent phenomenon
Examples of data art include the work of Ben Rubin, Laura Kurgan and Ryoji Ikeda
Artists use data art in a wide variety of ways
The 33.1 Feature is on Data Culture, authored by Christian Marc Schmidt
ARCADE 33.2 feature on authenticity and the changing city
ARCADE 33.3 feature profiles a creative space in Seattle
Features of 33.2 and 33.3
The index in issue 33.1 lists the most frequently used words throughout the issue
The index in issue 33.2 lists the most frequently used words throughout the issue
The index in issue 33.3 lists the most frequently used words throughout the issue
Each issue features a master index of the most frequently used words
A running index displays the most frequently used words on the page
A running index displays the most frequently used words on the page
A running index displays the most frequently used words on the page
The index runs through the entire issue in the page margins

Process

The design of the volume is based on the idea of the magazine as database. Each of the three issues uses red, green and blue, respectively, as the accent color. Furthermore, each issue features an index that programmatically identifies the most frequently used words and ranks them in order of times each word occurs in the text. In addition to a master list, the index runs through the entire issue in the page margins.

Outcome

Our design for ARCADE is a response to the changing role of the magazine in a digital world. What does it mean to publish a printed magazine like ARCADE in the era of the iPad? The use of RGB as the color scheme for the volume—as well as the index—invites a comparison of print and digital that touches on issues of longevity, legitimacy, ownership, intimacy and linearity, and the extent to which these concepts are valued and changing in today’s culture.

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