These Beautiful Books Are Actually Podcasts

These Beautiful Books Are Actually Podcasts
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Seung Tae Oh turned three popular podcasts into physical collectibles, each encapsulating the style of the podcast

Sara Roncero-Menendez
  • 12 july 2017

Although podcasts may have grown significantly in popularity over recent years, but their presentation has more or less remained the same. Artist Seung Tae Oh wanted to mix things up a bit by creating an experimental physical space for podcasts to live in with his graduate project for the Royal College of Art.

Taking three of the most popular podcasts—NPR’s Serial, TIME’s It’s Your Universe, and Radiotopia’s 99% Invisible—Oh created three different manifestations. For Serial, he created two books that hold files and pictures from each season’s case along with a cardboard speaker. Then for It’s Your Universe, each planet was turned into a sphere, with the weight corresponding to each planets’ gravitational pull, including QR codes on the bottom to link to specific episodes. 99% Invisible was turned into a series of pamphlets with supplementary material corresponding to particular episodes, along with QR codes for said episodes.

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Oh tells Co.Design that the project want meant to examine the relationship between a listener and a podcast by creating something physical to hold and share:

We can listen to our favorite stories anytime, anywhere. But I think it overlooks how people own, collect, and share their favorite things with friends and family like we do with books and CDs. That’s why I started exploring the possibilities of physical form. Also, physical elements will augment the experience of listening by giving more information.

Each design is tailored to the podcast itself, using varied mediums to best enhance the listening experience. That way podcast fans can enjoy their favorites in new and exciting ways, as well as giving them something to hold onto after these shows have call it a day.

Seung Tae Oh

Although podcasts may have grown significantly in popularity over recent years, but their presentation has more or less remained the same. Artist Seung Tae Oh wanted to mix things up a bit by creating an experimental physical space for podcasts to live in with his graduate project for the Royal College of Art.

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