THE DARKNET ZINE

MA diploma project created at Editorial And Typography Design Studio (109), at Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.
supervisor: dr hab. Sławomir Kosmynka prof. nadzw.

size: 345 x 495 mm
52 pages + two sided poster inside 
b&w print on two types of paper: Munken polar rough 100g/m2 & Fluo poster yellow 90 g/m2
+ hand sprayed gradients
print: Printroom


As a main part of my MA diploma, I created a zine - in a format of a large daily newspaper - and a set of complementary posters (animated and printed versions), and a web page design. The Darknet Zine is a publication devoted to cyber-culture, our relationships with other people through digital media, and our attachment to electronic devices. This work is the result of my reflection about a human’s place in the digital world, driven by capitalism, and the critique of today’s reality in which humanistic values ​​are replaced by economical values.
The visual language of this work is a result of my search of visual archetypes of the virtual world. I used many elements, that refer to aesthetic of the internet and old computer’s interfaces - abstractly or literally. I have also created several patterns inspired by the error’s aesthetic and parts of electronic devices. I decided to print the zine without imposition to show the idea of non-linear narration, that is a specific way how we absorb informations from the internet. Each fold came from the merge of non-complementary „halves”, which creates the impression of an original, specific visual rhythm. Each sheet can be also treated separately as well - like a small poster.
I chose the form of newspaper, because, in contrast to digital media - it is passive. It doesn’t collect data about our location or how many minutes we devotes to an article.  The reader can be sure, that he isn’t observed.  I wanted to create a zine, which gives you an analogue pleasure of viewing, touching the paper, combined with access to valuable (critical) content about contemporary reality, undisturbed by the constantly-demanding digital organism.​​​​​​​

One of the most important inspirations to create this project was the book 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep by Jonathan Crary, and one of the most significant quotes:

"Any act of viewing is layered with options of simultaneous and interruptive actions, choices, and 24/7 feedback. The idea of long blocks of time spent exclusively as a spectator is outmoded. This time is far too valuable not to be leveraged with plural sources of solicitation and choices that maximize possibilities of monetization and that allow the continuous accumulation of information about the user."
   
"IS THERE AN INTERNET?"
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MA diploma project created at Editorial And Typography Design Studio (109), at Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. supervisor: dr hab. Sławomir Kosmynk Read More
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