Collate was an installation exploring the concept of collaborative publishing.

Inspired by the current possibilities of digital publishing and the amount of visual imagery produced and uploaded every day on the net, the installation let visitors take part in the design and curation of a book exclusively composed of images.

The installation was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the London Design Festival and attracted more than 800 visitors.

The process

Every day a script downloaded hundreds of images published online under a Creative Common license. Visitors then used a series of custom designed tools to collate the images, lay them on a page and vote for the best pages produced.

The best voted pages were included on the book that was printed at the end of the festival.

The interface

For this project I collaborated in designing the user journey, developed the back and front end.

The whole project was developed as a web app using HTML and Javascript: Backbone.js was used for the front-end and node.js for the back end.

The book

The printed book was made of the 100 most voted pages created by the visitors during the exhibition and features essays by Rob Alderson on the nature of creative collaboration and Joël Vacheron on the the significance of the image in the online space.

Project details

Collate was built in association with Channel Interactive. Special thanks to Wooden Horse London for installation fabrication.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.