Books designed not to be read
Books designed not to be read
These unconventional and impressive books can absolutely change our ideas of what a book may look like. Most of them, designed to be read at all, or, if read, only accomplished with a substantial level of difficulty.
Just look at the world’s smallest book, created by specialists from the Simon Fraser University. In fact, in order to read something, you will have to use an electron microscope. After all, the size of this miniature book is only 0.07 x 0.1 mm. The edition of “Teeny Ted from Turnip Town” is thinner than the other books mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records. In particular, the New Testament, created at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001, (5×5 mm) and Chekhov’s Chameleon (0.9×0.9 mm) published by Palkovic in 2002.
Initiated by Robert Chaplin, the smallest book appeared with the help of scientists from the Lee Young University and Karen Kavanagh.
When open, Haiku Journeys is the eight pages fan out into a half-circle, the cover latching together to hold the shape. The haiku are all from the classic era of Japanese haiku and all eight deal with travel or journeying in one form or another. $900.
IKEA has released a cookbook in Sweden titled “Hembakat ar Bast”, or “Homemade is Best.” For each recipe, there are two images: one of the ingredients and one of the finished item. I like how they’ve laid out the ingredients – each one an autonomous entity before blending with the others to form a delicious concoction. The styling reminds me of Brittny Badger’s disassembled appliances.
The Codex Gigas or Devil’s Bible (named for the illustration of the Devil inside), is actually the largest extant medieval manuscript. No doubt man is capable of producing larger books if the urge struck in a meaningful way. The book is in a wooden folder covered with leather and metal. It is 92 cm tall and 50 cm wide and 22 cm thick. It weighs 75 kg or 165 pounds.
The Codex contains the entire Bible as well as historical documents. The book was actually larger at one time, initially containing 320 calfskin sheets of parchment. Today the Codex contains only 310 sheets. The missing pages probably contained the rules of the Benedictine Order, the parties who created this masterpiece in the first place during the early years of the 13th century.
The MUJI taste-leaf boo, is a food spice solution, with each perforated page embedded with a spice. Pages are removed from the book and added to the dish as required, where in moisture and heat, the page structure will dissolve, leaving just the fragrant spices to add color and flavor to the food.
In fact, MUJI is the answer to the needs of the cooking enthusiasts who travel or low on kitchen storage space. This wonderful book actually contains sheets that are embedded with spices.
A Wikipedia Book is a set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, usually fastened together to hinge at one side.
Tunnel Vision – based on the story of Holland Tunnel, alongside a child’s imaginary view of the tunnel. The books structure is a tunnel book, 200 cm long when fully opened. The inside of the book depicts the imaginary vision of a colorful underwater world, where vintage and modern cars travel through its space accompanied by colorful fish in coral reefs. The outside of the book represents the reality: close to 6 million tiles were used for the tunnel, reflected in the pattern used to create the outer walls of the book. It is here that some of the more significant historical facts of the tunnel and my story are written.
The book that glows in the dark. During difficult times, only good ideas can light up the path out of the crisis. This book glows in the dark – it is charged with over 3000 good ideas!
Croatian creative agency Bruketa & Zinia has designed an annual report for food company Podravka. Noteworthy, you first need to bake it in an oven before reading it. This project entered the Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for 12 euros.