A system to exchange knowledge for a library2017


The library from HEAR art school ran an open call for projects which could question the identity of the place and its usage.

I elaborated a simple and effortless card system to facilitate the exchange of ideas and notations between students, based on the observation of the user’s behavior and their interactions.

This project was selected and is now in use.

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The idea emerged from discussions and observations that I had involving different actors (the students and the librarians) but also the place and the interactions that it leads to.

The problem

A common use of the library was identified amongst all the interviewed students; they would directly go to the computer and search in the database for keywords, based on the knowledge they already have (a book title or a author’s name). They would then go to the book in the shelves and focus on this one. But this interaction don’t lead them to broaden their knowledge in the field they research. A lot of potential resources and information are ignored and kept in the books that they already don’t know. Moreover, as a very silent place, a library isn’t prone to exchange ideas by voice and some debates between readers of the same books are not possible.

The idea

The idea emerged from the wish to propose a different way to access references in the library and to navigate the space. Instead of going directly to one book and stop there, the journey would take the student further. Each book contains a bookmark on which the previous readers can write their thoughts and references for the next ones and add to the common knowledge.

The design

The bookmarks were designed following the constraints of the library. They are easy to print and reproduce on A4 sheets and black ink. The number of cuts is also optimized to reduce the number of steps to produce them. They also exist in two sizes to adapt to all kind of documents.

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