One Thread

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One thread is a new binding technique created with a 3D printer, it is totally customizable and adapts to the needs and desires of each person and book. The one thread project was a collaboration between ourselves and a traditional bookbinder, looking at the ways the digital age can aid in the continued evolution, as opposed to the extinction, of the printed word.

A user could find some text on the web, then at a certain point (interest, study ...) print the book to work with the physical version of text, or save something worth keeping. This design is meant to replace the paperback book and could be done by anyone. They can also be repaired, by reprinting the back of the binding. We start by printing a sort of “comb”, then the printer pauses allowing us to place the paper (previously perforated) into the binding,  before the printing resumes and closes the form by connecting the teeth of the “comb” with a “bridge”. All that remains is to fold the notebook around its binding.

The question we were looking to explore was how the digital revolution can be just another technological advance for the humble book to embrace. To do that we had to understand the advantages of both; digital is instant, ever changing and always growing but it can be transient; often webpages and the information and opinions held within them can disappear in the blink of an eye. Whereas the printed word is often fixed, rigid and can be more durable - a book doesn’t 404. What the bookbinder wanted to see was how these two worlds could collide as a way to create a snapshot in time, to capture a specific moment of virtual space in the physical for an individual. We sought to look at how the places book’s usually exist: printers, bookbinders, bookstore’s, library’s could evolve and accompany this new dynamic. As such we created a mobile bookbinding station and took it to book stores and a library to print books of what people wanted when they wanted.