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Platform
Editions
Platform is a graphic design studio based in Chicago, established in 2016 by Jacob Lindgren and Paul Zdon. We work with an emphasis on typography to create visual identities, websites, books, and other print projects. Alongside our studio we also operate Platform Editions, a small-scale research and publishing effort.

Our studio is currently available for commissioned and collaborative projects.

2215 S Union Ave
#306
Chicago, IL 60616


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Domains 2
Book
100pp, 5.75 × 9.25 in

Domains is a journal that serves as a space for collaboration, experimentation, and visual research into online libraries and databases. Domains draws from materials in the public domain, those with Creative Commons licenses, and works that hold ambiguous or contentious copyright status, including those that are out of print or otherwise unobtainable in their original form.

Issue 2, featuring: Claude Bragdon vs. Jerry Roach and his Cuckoo’s Nest • The Racing Homer • Lowestoft china factory (and the moulds found there) • Giusto Cerutti 1928 • Micronations: Z to A • Thermal printing artifacts

Two-color risograph, perfect bound
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London Centre for Book Arts
Website

Website design and development for London Centre for Book Arts, an artist-run, open-access studio providing education programmes and access to resources for artists, designers and makers.

Visit the website
3
Chicago Art Book Fair
Posters
13 × 18.5 in

Series of three posters for the first annual Chicago Art Book Fair (CABF). Featuring over 150 independent publishers, small presses, and book artists, CABF creates history by putting Chicago on the map as a global center for independent publishing.
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Journey to Mount Analogue
Book
86pp, A4

You are about to commence a journey beyond the bounds of possibility, a climb to where realities don’t come by divine revelation. You will venture into the unknown. You will perform all kinds of experiments in order to see. You must become human before seeking transfiguration.
— M.A.A.F. (Mount Analogue Ascenders Federation)

Journey to Mount Analogue is an expanded edition of the 1959 novel Mount Analogue by René Daumal, introducing new layers and levels of adventure. Readers are challenged to undergo Daumal’s unfinished quest while manoeuvring through the Rotherhithe Picture Library’s stacks and Wikipedia articles organised by elevation from the Earth’s inner core to its outer summits.

First edition, 100 copies (stamped and numbered)
Single colour risograph
86 pages (58 French-folded and perforated)
A4: 210 x 297mm (8.26 X 11.69 inches)
Hardcover (blind debossed, foil blocked, coil bound)
English
ISBN 978-0-9573509-5-3

Published by Books From The Future and Platform Editions
Edited by Jacob Lindgren, Yvan Martinez and Joshua Trees
Concept and design by Jacob Lindgren
Introduction by Yvan Martinez
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Extra-curricular
Website + forthcoming book

Extra-curricular is a forthcoming reader of collected texts about self-organized learning, experiments, and alternatives in art and design education. Occurring both within and separate from existing institutions, these new forms of learning and organization question how learning takes place, for whom, and the ideologies inherent in existing models.

Visit the website and sign up for the newsletter for updates about its release.
6
UIC United Faculty
Broadsheet Poster
24 × 36 in

Fold-out broadsheet poster for UIC United Faculty, the faculty-representing labor union at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The reverse includes data and a short conversation with the authors of a book about the effects on Illinois public higher education as a result of economic austerity.

Two-color offset print
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Domains 1
Book
46pp, 8.5 × 11 in

Domains is a journal that serves as a space for collaboration, experimentation, and visual research into online libraries and databases. Domains draws from materials in the public domain, those with Creative Commons licenses, and works that hold ambiguous or contentious copyright status, including those that are out of print or otherwise unobtainable in their original form.

Volume 1, featuring: A Grade II-Listed motorway service station • A 19th-century travelogue (ES) • A mindbending motorcycle helmet • Eugène–Melchior de Vogüé’s photographic journey through Jordan (FR + EN)

Single-color risograph, side-stapled
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Interception
Book
5.5 × 8.5 in

An investigation into a planet-wide network of data-collecting probes of an uncertain origin conducted by the Black Knight Research Consortium (BKRC). A result of several decades of research and surveillance, the book functions as an archive of findings put forth by the organization. Probes, sometimes in the form of satellites, buoys, airborne vessels, or communications towers are cataloged with their intercepted transmissions, coordinates, relevant data, and geographic imagery included.

Made possible by the Black Knight Research Consortium (BKRC).

Single-color risograph, wire bound
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1998-067C
Book
109pp, A5

By investigating a peculiar object in Earth’s orbit, and presenting arguments from both conspiracists and pragmatists, this book ultimately poses a question—1998-067C: Jerry Ross’ insulation blanket or 13,000 year old extraterrestrial satellite?

Made possible by the Black Knight Research Consortium (BKRC).

Digitally printed, perfect bound
10
Carceral Geographies
Book
112pp, 7.5 × 10 in

Carceral Geographies is a portrait of Illinois detention facilities through a lens of invisibility, geographic isolation, and distorted political power. The book presents satellite photographs of every facility in Illinois—a collection that could have been realized by anyone, considering the democratization of imaging software and freely available public records. The resulting study is representative of popular attitudes toward the U.S. prison system as a whole: these images are easily accessible to the public, yet willfully ignored.


Digitally printed, perfect bound
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Domains 2
Book
100pp, 5.75 × 9.25 in
Domains is a journal that serves as a space for collaboration, experimentation, and visual research into online libraries and databases. Domains draws from materials in the public domain, those with Creative Commons licenses, and works that hold ambiguous or contentious copyright status, including those that are out of print or otherwise unobtainable in their original form.

Issue 2, featuring: Claude Bragdon vs. Jerry Roach and his Cuckoo’s Nest • The Racing Homer • Lowestoft china factory (and the moulds found there) • Giusto Cerutti 1928 • Micronations: Z to A • Thermal printing artifacts

Single-color risograph, perfect bound
2
London Centre for Book Arts
Website
Website design and development for London Centre for Book Arts, an artist-run, open-access studio providing education programmes and access to resources for artists, designers and makers.

Visit the website
3
Chicago Art Book Fair
Posters
13 × 18.5 in
Series of three posters for the first annual Chicago Art Book Fair (CABF). Featuring over 150 independent publishers, small presses, and book artists, CABF creates history by putting Chicago on the map as a global center for independent publishing.
4
Journey to Mount Analogue
Book
86pp, A4

You are about to commence a journey beyond the bounds of possibility, a climb to where realities don’t come by divine revelation. You will venture into the unknown. You will perform all kinds of experiments in order to see. You must become human before seeking transfiguration.
— M.A.A.F. (Mount Analogue Ascenders Federation)

Journey to Mount Analogue is an expanded edition of the 1959 novel Mount Analogue by René Daumal, introducing new layers and levels of adventure. Readers are challenged to undergo Daumal’s unfinished quest while manoeuvring through the Rotherhithe Picture Library’s stacks and Wikipedia articles organised by elevation from the Earth’s inner core to its outer summits.

First edition, 100 copies (stamped and numbered)
Single colour risograph
86 pages (58 French-folded and perforated)
A4: 210 x 297mm (8.26 X 11.69 inches)
Hardcover (blind debossed, foil blocked, coil bound)
English
ISBN 978-0-9573509-5-3

Published by Books From The Future and Platform Editions
Edited by Jacob Lindgren, Yvan Martinez and Joshua Trees
Concept and design by Jacob Lindgren
Introduction by Yvan Martinez
5
Extra-curricular
Website + forthcoming book
Extra-curricular is a forthcoming reader of collected texts about self-organized learning, experiments, and alternatives in art and design education. Occurring both within and separate from existing institutions, these new forms of learning and organization question how learning takes place, for whom, and the ideologies inherent in existing models.

Visit the website and sign up for the newsletter for updates about its release.
6
UIC United Faculty
Broadsheet Poster
24 × 36 in
Fold-out broadsheet poster for UIC United Faculty, the faculty-representing labor union at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The reverse includes data and a short conversation with the authors of a book about the effects on Illinois public higher education as a result of economic austerity.

Two-color offset print
7
Domains 1
Book
46pp, 8.5 × 11 in
Domains is a journal that serves as a space for collaboration, experimentation, and visual research into online libraries and databases. Domains draws from materials in the public domain, those with Creative Commons licenses, and works that hold ambiguous or contentious copyright status, including those that are out of print or otherwise unobtainable in their original form.

Issue 1, featuring: A Grade II-Listed motorway service station • A 19th-century travelogue (ES) • A mindbending motorcycle helmet • Eugène–Melchior de Vogüé’s photographic journey through Jordan (FR + EN)

Single-color risograph, side-stapled
8
Interception
Book
5.5 × 8.5 in
An investigation into a planet-wide network of data-collecting probes of an uncertain origin conducted by the Black Knight Research Consortium (BKRC). A result of several decades of research and surveillance, the book functions as an archive of findings put forth by the organization. Probes, sometimes in the form of satellites, buoys, airborne vessels, or communications towers are cataloged with their intercepted transmissions, coordinates, relevant data, and geographic imagery included.

Made possible by the Black Knight Research Consortium (BKRC).

Single-color risograph, wire bound
9
1998-067C
Book
109pp, A5
By investigating a peculiar object in Earth’s orbit, and presenting arguments from both conspiracists and pragmatists, this book ultimately poses a question—1998-067C: Jerry Ross’ insulation blanket or 13,000 year old extraterrestrial satellite?

Made possible by the Black Knight Research Consortium (BKRC).

Digitally printed, perfect bound
10
Carceral Geographies
Book
112pp, 7.5 × 10 in
Carceral Geographies is a portrait of Illinois detention facilities through a lens of invisibility, geographic isolation, and distorted political power. The book presents satellite photographs of every facility in Illinois—a collection that could have been realized by anyone, considering the democratization of imaging software and freely available public records. The resulting study is representative of popular attitudes toward the U.S. prison system as a whole: these images are easily accessible to the public, yet willfully ignored.

Digitally printed, perfect bound
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1998-067C — $6
Interception — $8
Domains 1 — $10
Carceral Geographies — $20
Domains 2 — $12
Journey to Mt. Analogue — $22
Domains 3 — $3

Platform Editions is an independent publisher and risograph print studio. We collaborate with artists, writers, designers, and institutions to produce and distribute a variety of publications and printed matter including books, catalogues, zines, and editioned prints.

Stockists:

London Centre for Book Arts (UK)
Good Press (UK)
Draw Down Books (US)

Print Services


We print all jobs on our Riso EZ 591U and offer in-house finishing services such as bookbinding, folding, and trimming. Our studio is small, but flexible, and we can work to accommodate any special requests or experimental projects.


Please have a look at our print guidelines for more information about our capabilities and file preparation details. For a price estimate, use the adjacentfollowing form to tell us a bit about your project.
 




1998-067C
By investigating a peculiar object in Earth’s orbit, and presenting arguments from both conspiracists and pragmatists, this book ultimately poses a question—1998-067C: Jerry Ross’ insulation blanket or 13,000 year old extraterrestrial satellite?

Made possible by the Black Knight Research Consortium (BKRC).

109pp, A5, digitally printed, perfect bound

$6
Interception
An investigation into a planet-wide network of data-collecting probes of an uncertain origin conducted by the Black Knight Research Consortium (BKRC). A result of several decades of research and surveillance, the book functions as an archive of findings put forth by the organization. Probes, sometimes in the form of satellites, buoys, airborne vessels, or communications towers are cataloged with their intercepted transmissions, coordinates, relevant data, and geographic imagery included.

124pp, 5.5 x 8.5 in, single-color risograph, wire bound

$8
Domains—Issue 1
Featuring: A Grade II-Listed motorway service station • A 19th-century travelogue (ES) • A mindbending motorcycle helmet • Eugène–Melchior de Vogüé’s photographic journey through Jordan (FR + EN)

Domains is a journal that serves as a space for collaboration, experimentation, and visual research into online libraries and databases. Domains draws from materials in the public domain, those with Creative Commons licenses, and works that hold ambiguous or contentious copyright status, including those that are out of print or otherwise unobtainable in their original form.

46pp, 8.5 x 11 in, single-color risograph, side-stapled

$10
Carceral Geographies
Carceral Geographies is a portrait of Illinois detention facilities through a lens of invisibility, geographic isolation, and distorted political power. The book presents satellite photographs of every facility in Illinois—a collection that could have been realized by anyone, considering the democratization of imaging software and freely available public records. The resulting study is representative of popular attitudes toward the U.S. prison system as a whole: these images are easily accessible to the public, yet willfully ignored.

112 pp, 7.5 x 10 in, digitally printed, perfect bound

$20
Domains 2
Featuring: Claude Bragdon vs. Jerry Roach and his Cuckoo’s Nest • The racing homer • Lowestoft china factory (and the moulds found there) • Giusto Cerutti 1928 • Micronations: Z to A • Thermal printing artifacts

Domains is a journal that serves as a space for collaboration, experimentation, and visual research into online libraries and databases. Domains draws from materials in the public domain, those with Creative Commons licenses, and works that hold ambiguous or contentious copyright status, including those that are out of print or otherwise unobtainable in their original form.

100pp, 5.75 x 9.25 in, two-color risograph, perfect bound

$12
Journey to Mount Analogue
‘You are about to commence a journey beyond the bounds of possibility, a climb to where realities don’t come by divine revelation. You will venture into the unknown. You will perform all kinds of experiments in order to see. You must become human before seeking transfiguration.’
— M.A.A.F. (Mount Analogue Ascenders Federation)

Journey to Mount Analogue is an expanded edition of the 1959 novel Mount Analogue by René Daumal, introducing new layers and levels of adventure. Readers are challenged to undergo Daumal’s unfinished quest while manoeuvring through the Rotherhithe Picture Library’s stacks and Wikipedia articles organised by elevation from the Earth’s inner core to its outer summits.

First edition, 100 copies (stamped and numbered)
Single colour risograph
86 pages (58 French-folded and perforated)
A4: 210 x 297mm (8.27 x 11.69 inches)
Hardcover (blind debossed, foil blocked, coil bound)
English
ISBN 978-0-9573509-5-3

Published by Books From The Future and Platform Editions
Edited by Jacob Lindgren, Yvan Martinez and Joshua Trees
Concept and design by Jacob Lindgren
Introduction by Yvan Martinez

Only ships to addresses in the Americas. For UK, EU, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, visit Booksfromthefuture.

$22
Domains 3
Featuring: An ancient club-wielding hill figure • A Teen Age message • The tallest building ever fully envisioned • A nominee for the prestigious 2006 Padma Shree award • A reflection on Wikipedia’s value outside the capitalist system

Domains is a journal that serves as a space for collaboration, experimentation, and visual research into online libraries and databases. Domains draws from materials in the public domain, those with Creative Commons licenses, and works that hold ambiguous or contentious copyright status, including those that are out of print or otherwise unobtainable in their original form.

12pp, 5.25 x 7.5 in, digitally printed, saddle-stitched

$3