5522 Tweets within the same Second.
Sent from all over the world.
Preserved and categorized in four Books.
As both a catalyst and indicator of globalization, the internet can be seen as a public
space, in which information disseminates in seconds. Facilitating cultural transfer and creating
new local and international subcultures by overcoming geographical distances. With the
help of codes and standards the internet keeps developing its own international and decentralized language. This global network, and Twitter as one of its broader intersections, is a
platform for vivid interaction between most heterogeneous actors. 

5522 of those actors all across the world hit the „tweet“ button at exactly the same
second. By taking this moment as a frame, this connection becomes visible and by preserving
it, each one of those actors emerges out of the immense volume of anonymous data and
becomes an individual again.

#oneSecond preserves the data of this moment on Twitter and presents it categorized
and ordered in four different books. While each book highlights one single aspect of every message written and the actor behind it – providing the reader not only with an insight into that
person‘s life but also reveals similarities and connections between nationalities and subcultures –
all four books together provide a detailed portrait of each actor.

The project was created at the HGK Basel, Switzerland as part of the typography class
supervised by Prof. Marion Fink. It intends to shift the focus from a personalized to a more
globalized view on the internet and offers the possibility to explore.
One second on Twitter layed out in four books on over 4500 pages.
Containing tweets written in 42 different languages from people all across the world.
Categorized by language, timezone, avatar type or registration date.
Set by using 14 Fonts with over 100'000 different characters.
Using data like followers, friends and status counts to define the apearance for each users data.
Concept and Design
Philipp Adrian, Basel 2012

Institut Visual Communication
Prof. Marion Fink
Typography, Spring/Fall 2012

buysite AG, 4005 Basel

René Freiburghaus AG, 4055 Basel

Palatino LT Pro,
Arno Pro,
Myriad Pro,
Geeza Pro,
Adobe Arabic,
Apple SD Gothic,
Kozuka Mincho Pro,
Kozuka Gothic Pro,
Apple Symbols,
Apple Color Emoji

Freelife Vellum, 80 gm² /140 gm²


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