The Future of Reading
Münster School of Design
24 November 2017
Digital technologies have changed many aspects of our lives and strongly influenced their processes and structures. One area that has been and is hugely affected by digitisation is that of print media. A conference on this topic is now being organised by the Münster School of Design taking place in late November. The “FURE” (Future of Reading) conference looks at and unpicks this theme in order to develop new strategies.
What were once books are now likely to be ebooks, and we read the news is online: from books to newspapers, the status and function of print media have shifted enormously. There are nonetheless concepts that continue to work well in print media however, an example is the magazine, 'Landlust', founded in 2005, one of Germany's most widely sold magazines, which is still managing to increase its circulation. It is safe to assume then, that the industry of print media has not been devoured by digitisation alone, but that it is more a question of having to refocus. The number of small zines and magazines that have been established in recent years shows that readers still want a sense of something tangible and “real”.
At FURE, experts and theorists will examine and assess the possibilities and opportunities of such changes. Speakers include Katharina Hesse from Stiftung Buchkunst, and Hanne Mandik from the publishers Kiepenheuer und Witsch. Speakers will tackle topics such as the transformation of typography in the age of digitisation, the design and reader-friendliness of web pages, changes in the design of digital media and the respective roles of print and digital media and their influences on each other. Raban Ruddigkeit will present the project coblisher.com, a platform founded in 2017 bringing together authors, publishers and consumers. Christian Rosenthal and Johannes Klein-Reesink will present their Masters degree project “A New Kind Of”, which deals with the future of magazines and changes in media consumption. The organisers Patrick Marc Sommer and Rüdiger Quass von Deyen are both involved in creative publishing.