The Newspaper PrototypeSpeculative Design
Arguably the most important prototype of the lot, the newspaper is where the fiction of the world beyond the confines of the short film’s frame manifests itself.
The newspaper represents the state of the world and shows the kind of technological and social progress that was necessary for the fiction to manifest. The newspaper serves as a framing device but also as a central focus. Every element of its design is meant to reflect a specific state of affairs.
The name is a generic newspaper-sounding name (see Washington Post) though the word ‘post’ is also meant to allude to a post-human future. The circuit-board-esque branding is relatively arbitrary, meant to represent that the newspaper chose to position itself as a techno-political broadsheet.
Of course what exactly constitutes a broadsheet is down to the content and journalistic standard, as the format is standarad A3. Not only that but the newspaper is printed on a single sheet (twice folded – the upper right quarter of the layout above is the front page cover). The paper chosen is similar to standard newsprint though slightly thicker.
The front page contains the cover and a list of several important headlines while the back has a table of contents of sorts, a list of all topics available in the issue.
Which brings me to the reason why the newspaper fits the format it does. Due to stricter Environmental regulations and increasing prices of print, many press outlets have decided to reduce formats in order to minimise the amounts printed. The advent of VR mapping technology built directly into human eyes meant that they could also shed everything but the cover as well.
The Post operates mostly as a subscription service and is available on the internet. Physical copies are mostly aimed at people who are either unwilling or unable to subscribe on a regular basis – or simply prefer to read their newspapers on paper. This is where the eye implants come into play. Inside the newspaper is a blank page with a code printed on it. Scanning the code with an Ocular device unlocks access to a number of select articles listed on the back of the paper. These can then be read online. However, the blank space inside the newspaper can be use to give the AR functionality of the Eye a space to map the text of the newspaper onto, emulating the feeling of reading a printed publication.