Speculation, Now
Speculation, Now

The culminating document of a long-form research project organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, Speculation, Now assembles an interdisciplinary range of voices to consider radical uncertainty and its social, political, and discursive implications. Designed and co-edited by Prem Krishnamurthy, the book and its design process enact the possibilities of “speculative action in design,” critically stepping outside of industry norms to embrace the roles of contingency and failure within the design process.

Broadcasting a variety of typographic voices throughout, each of the book’s folios is set in a unique typeface—272 in all—generated by the semi-automated Megaflop type generator, a contemporary application derived from mathematician Donald Knuth’s metafont (launched in 1979). Variations in typeface width, proportion, and “superness” chart the book’s transformation over the course of its pages and renders visible the volume’s own uncertainty.

6 × 9 ¼ inches

272 pages, hardcover

2015