The Future of Libraries

Self Directed Publication
Winter 2018
Project Overview
This is a self-directed editorial publication that explores the possibilities of how public libraries in Toronto can be transformed into a different space as new ways of accessing print and media emerge from new technologies. Through data and user research, I search for ways of how other cities are changing the space to be appealing and resourceful for the community, as well as, how libraries can benefit the users.

Special thanks to Lisa G. Macdonald for the binding!
Using research questions as the starting point, I used them to guide my exploration of the topic "Are libraries necessary for the public space?"

• Why do/don't people use the public library?
• Who are the users?
• What other spaces do the current users go to?
• What resources does the community need?

I also observed and researched existing libraries as case studies to see how they utilize and transform their space based on their environment.
I visited public and school libraries, book stores, and co-working spaces in the community to observe and take photographs for the publications. One of the locations was the Toronto Reference Library. There were many students as it was during the time of midterm exams but it was also packed with other users such as young children with parents and elders.

To further support my concept, I also created a list of interviewee questions to have a better understanding of users' experiences. From students with different fields to parents with the experience of young children, the dialogue was similar yet different at the same time; It was a social space for the community.With the advancement of technology, spaces can be transformed quickly for different occasions.

Extraction & Observations
When deciding the size of the printed publication, I went with 11" x 17" to express the irony of the space that the library takes up when it is not being used during off hours, however, the content inside is the important part of the publication; just like how the space is filled with history, resources, and knowledge.

I wanted to use digital symbols such as binary code and pixelation throughout the publication to represent the technological disruption to an educational and communal space.
Design & Iterations
Final Publication in print
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I took this course during my third year because I wanted to learn more about graphic design as the industrial design program does not include digital 2D design. This was also to prepare me in creating my thesis process book.

It was challenging as I was the only industrial design student in the editorial design course, whereas, the other students were in graphic design. I received many guidance from professor Mark Garbett and students from the class during design exercises and pin up sessions. I had to catch up on graphic design vocabulary and rules as I never received the practice.

Overall, it was one of the most rewarding courses and my favourite project to date as I got to step out of my comfort zone yet gain experience for my UX/UI practice.
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