'Platform 10: Live Feed'
Platform 10 is the latest edition of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s annual compendium of selected student work, events, lectures and exhibitions. Pentagram's Natasha Jen has created a design for the book that highlights its theme, “Live Feed,” documenting the 2016-2017 school year in a timeline of images and activity.
Inspired by the timeline of social media feeds, the design of Platform 10 recounts the year in reverse chronological order, from July 2017 to August 2016. Pulled from a crowd-sourced database of 117,518 available files, this “live feed” of the institution samples 728 images—from students, faculty, and staff alike, revealing the fluidity between the place, production, and people of the Harvard University School of Design. The book’s editors also wanted to explore the idea that live feeds are just as mediated as the old analog forms of documentation. (If all the crowd-sourced images had been included, the 362-page book would be 160 times thicker than it is now.)