A symposium on the future of text at The British Library in London.

The format was short presentations with a panel discussion co-hosted by The Liquid Information Company and The British Library, with kind support from Nora McGregor and Stella Wisdom.

Video on YouTube




Participants discussed the question of:

What is the future of reading?



What should we be able to do with our text? • What should we not be able to do? • How will text change in competition with other media? • What role will interactivity have? • What is interactive type, potentially? • How will typography develop? • What are interactive documents and what can they be? • How will documents relate to each other?



Each speaker had 10 minutes:


Dr Sally Maynard. Sally’s research interests include: children’s literature and librarianship; library statistics; performance measurement; health libraries; electronic publishing; children’s reading habits and children and the changing media environment. She is with the university of Loughborough.



Roger Walshe, Head of Public Engagement and Learning at the British Library. (Roger's Slides)



Ross Phillips is an interactive designer, practicing artist and consultant. His previous projects include installations for Nokia and Jimmy Choo, 'Mirror Mirror' with SHOWstudio.com for Topshop, 'Taking Liberty's' a window installation for London’s Liberty department store, "Read Aloud" at the National Media Museum and ‘Decode’ at the V&A. He has also worked at Fabrica, Benetton's Communication Research Center; where he produced works for an exhibition entitled 'DARE' at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York. DARE explored concepts of time and authorship, and the differences between narrative storytelling and game-playing. It connected the now of play with the then of narrative, blurring lines between authorship and audience.(Ross' slides) (Ross' video)



Keith Martin is is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing at the University of the Arts London, teaching publishing, editorial and design for print and digital media in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He is also the Technical Editor of MacUser magazine. (Keith's slides)



Jo Hodges is the Course Director for BA (Hons) Advertising at London College of Communication. Jo is also doing a Ph.D on how the visual affects text and how text affects the visual. (Jo's notes)



Michael Nutley is a business journalist and consultant specializing in interactive media and marketing. He joined New Media Age, a UK news publication covering business use of the internet, as Editor in 2000, and was its Editor-In-Chief between 2007 and 2011.



Frode Hegland is director of The Liquid Information Company, makers of interactive text systems for individual knowledge workers and companies. Frode introduced Liquid for OS X version 2.5 for the first time at this event. (Frode's slides)