• Andrew Chee

Andrew Chee, Virgilio Santos, Marc Shillum⁠ INDEX—1 “FLAT”⁠ Edition of 250:⁠⁠ ⁠ Edited, Written, and Designed by Andrew Chee, Virgilio Santos, Marc Shillum⁠ ⁠ November 2020, English⁠ 210 x 297 mm, 512 pages, English 60 lb uncoated white, black & white, perfect bound⁠ Matte cover⁠ Print-on-demand, Agawam, MA, USA⁠ ISBN: 978-0-9969508-0-0 Design: Andrew Chee, Virgilio Santos, Marc Shillum⁠ ⁠ INDEX is a print publication series based on continual remix from an open-source, controlled library of writing, art, and design.⁠ ⁠ A collaboration across 3 states and 2 time zones, INDEX issue no. 1 "FLAT" explores and expresses what is observed as the flattening, flatness, and related qualities of living today. ⁠ ⁠ "FLAT" was written, designed, and published simultaneously as a periodical and a shared library. In the print edition, the authors embrace the flatness of print-on-demand; like photocopying before, and hand printing before that, it celebrates the idea of an infinite facsimile. An experiment in publishing, each copy may not be as they intended, but an interpretation through the medium of distributed printing.⁠ ⁠ As such, each version of this edition embraces chance imperfections, will be subtly different, slightly decayed by the deviation in machinery, handwork, paper-stock, trimming, binding, and shipping.⁠ ⁠ The name INDEX is inspired by the manicule. The manicule ☞ is a shared symbol between the reader, printer and publisher that indicates and points at notable parts of the text. Usually seen in the form of a pointing hand in the margins of the text, the manicule (from the Latin maniculum or “little hand”) or ‘mutton fist' has been used since at least 1535, but lost favor during the advent of the automated printing which preferred industry accepted footnoting devices such as the * and the dagger: †.⁠