While it has never been easier for independent writers to share their ideas online, the current generation of publishing technology mimics tools that were designed during the era of the printing press. Past aspirational visions for the future of computing centered around empowering individuals and enhancing cognition, but many of these ideas fell to the wayside during the wildfire spread of internet connectivity and the commodification of publishing through platforms like WordPress and Facebook.
Alan Kay imagined the Dynabook in the hands of children across the world, while Neal Stephenson wrote of interactive paper that could display videos and interfaces, and books that could teach their readers. The web offers rich dynamic capabilities, but to most authors these are off limits, residing outside the confines of restrictive content management systems. We are a group of designers, programmers, and researchers who want to change that. Together, we are building interactive publishing tools, supporting digital journalism, and pushing the boundaries of web design.
The Parametric Press is an experimental new project, a born-digital magazine dedicated to showcasing the expository power that’s possible when the audio, visual, and interactive capabilities of dynamic media are effectively combined. In the coming year, we will publish our first issue.
We are now accepting submissions for issue one, Science + Society. This issue will focus on examining scientific and technological phenomena that stand to shape society at large, now or in the near future. We are looking to cover topics that would benefit from using the interactive or otherwise dynamic capabilities of the web. Here are some examples:
Publishing interactive content is tricky because it requires combining prose, code, and other media. Due to the nature of our publication, we do not expect you to submit a fully developed article. Instead, we will accept idea submissions, and work together with those accepted to develop a polished article. We will provide a dynamic article template using Idyll to help with this, and offer technical assistance to those who need it.
We are soliciting submissions until January 15th and will notify candidates of their acceptance by February 1st. Accepted authors will be compensated between $500-1,000 depending on the total number of submissions accepted and the amount of in-house technical work required. Please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the word “pitch” in the subject line.
Each published article will receive a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI), and the code will be released under an open source license.