My idea to represent typography in multidimensional space is to create an edition of a book that would read in more then just 2 dimensions here is a step by step example how it could be done.

Type in one dimension:
If we would observe type in one dimension it would appear to us a series of lines and dots. And such things as paragraphs and line spacing simply would not exist, because everything is placed in terms of just right and left.

Type in 2 dimensions:

Typography as we see it every day in magazines, books and newspapers could be considered a representation of type in 2-dimensional space as it lies on a page as a flat(even though the page itself has thickness and is a 3-dimensional object).

Just as it works on a flat surface we could bring type into 3-dimensional environment by either adding space or depth to it. Such techniques as embossing or die cutting could work well as a representation of type in 3-dimensional space.

Embossed type

Die-cut type

To represent 4th dimension , it is possible to use stacks of die cut -type over the number of pages, so as the viewer flicks the pages the thickness changes and as a result type changes over time.

Finally we get into an attempt to represent 5th dimension in print. So far the only possibility I see is representing it through use of hypertext,,using an alternative layout, font size or combination of type characteristics over a number of pages. 5th Dimension Link


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