HD Bulletin 1

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Blurb

The H&D Bulletin is a quasi-quarterly publication that aims to open up, and accommodate the research and development of H&D's activities throughout the year to our collaborators as well as the wider community of hackers, designers, artists, technologists. The bulletin's contents are a mix of practical and reflective articles, conversations, scripts and manuals, experimental, poetic, visual or otherwise speculative contributions from H&D coop members, invited guests, participants and critical friends. It is be published on the H&D website, the mailing list, and distributed via our social media channels. Printed and versions are distributed through the H&D network whenever there is an occasions. This edition of the H&D bulletin was assembled and published using a wiki-to-pdf workflow.

Process

The tool ecosystem that evolved around the design of the bulletin is documented and published on the H&D website and git repository under the [CC4r license], providing the possibility of continuation in other contexts, studying, critiquing, and repurposing.

We hope these small publications contribute to a growing community of designers who consider it relevant to rethink their tool-ecologies and building forth on the knowledge and practices of many designers and collectives that work with and contribute to open-source approaches to designing on and offline publications.

Publishing the H&D bulletins is furthermore an attempt to research small printing presses, more specifically how experimental, open source, DIY publishing tools (often made by repurposing web technologies) and the, at times, janky pdfs they produce, intersect with material realities of pre-press processes and different eco-conscious printing techniques.

The tools ecosystem includes: MediaWiki, Jinja templating, Pagedjs for the layout.

Accessibility

For this bulletin we used syllable-based highlighting to create a dyslexia-friendly reading experience. This method provides visual cues that break down words into manageable syllables, assisting individuals with dyslexia in word recognition and segmentation. By this doing this we hope to improve accessibility, enhance the reading experience, and promote better comprehension for readers with dyslexia. To strike a balance between accuracy and efficiency, we implemented a heuristic method for syllable detection. The algorithm approximates the position of syllable boundaries by leveraging patterns of vowels and consonants. While it may not be perfect, we hope that this approach is effective enough of our use case.

Colophon

  • Contributors: Loes Bogers, Lukas Engelhardt, Anja Groten, Hackitects (Michel Barchini, Mary Farwy), Heerko van der Kooij, Juliette Lizotte, Karl Moubarak, slvi.e, Sheona Turnbull and Varia (Manetta Berends, Simon Browne)
  • Editors: Anja Groten, slvi.e
  • Design: H&D (Anja Groten, Heerko van der Kooij)
  • Typefaces: Authentic, NotCourier
  • Printing: Stencilzolder, Amsterdam
  • Publisher: Hackers & Designers, NDSM-plein 1033 WC, Amsterdam, www.hackersanddesigners.nl


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With the kind support of Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie