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Pocket Field Guide to Possible Futures

The Field Guide to Possible Futures is a series of three books, each detailing one potential future for humanity: Utopia, Dystopia, and Apocalypse. Each book is a collection of content loosely structured around its titular topic, from media analyses to fiction excerpts to a plaque commemorating the death of a glacier. Serving as both guide and warning, the series invites readers to consider their place in shaping the world.

Jayde Norstrom

Publication Design

Each book is printed in black and white plus its own distinct colour, giving each its own identity. Colour is used to highlight chapter openings, images, and to highlight important words and phrases in the text. Each topic was also given its own abstract symbolic element which is used repeatedly to mark the end of a section.

The books merge traditional book design elements—like a single column of justified type and centered folios—and modern typographical elements to create a reading experience that is at once familiar and surprising. Mimicking the physical format of a trade paperback or pocket book allows the guide to be highly portable, making it a perfect reference for the on-the-go prophet.

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