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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Photo Requests from Solitary
Website

Photo Requests from Solitary is a participatory project that asks people held in long-term solitary confinement in U.S. prisons if they’d like to request a photograph of anything at all, real or imagined, and then finds a volunteer to make the image. The website invites visitors to browse the hundreds of requests and photos already submitted, choose a request to fulfill, and upload their own photos.

Visit website
2
Chicago Art Book Fair
Visual Identity

Visual identity including website, posters, program, and exhibition signage for the first annual Chicago Art Book Fair. The fair features an international group of over 100 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers.

Visit website
3
Sixty-six Offcuts from Domains
Book
6pp, 11 x 17 in

Sixty-six Offcuts from Domains is a collection of mostly unused material accumulated during the making of Domains 1– 4. It was published on the occasion of Ideal Science: A Risographic Survey, a group exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery in Cornwall, UK curated by Joseph Townshend of Housework Press. Ideal Science showcased the work of artists, designers, publishers, and printmakers who use risograph printing as part of their wider practice.

Risograph, staple-bound
4
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
5
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 website
6
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 website and sign up for the newsletter for updates about its release.
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
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
1
Photo Requests from Solitary
Website
Photo Requests from Solitary is a participatory project that asks people held in long-term solitary confinement in U.S. prisons if they’d like to request a photograph of anything at all, real or imagined, and then finds a volunteer to make the image. The website invites visitors to browse the hundreds of requests and photos already submitted, choose a request to fulfill, and upload their own photos.

Visit website
2
Chicago Art Book Fair
Visual Identity
Visual identity including website, posters, program, and exhibition signage for the first annual Chicago Art Book Fair. The fair features an international group of over 100 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers.

Visit website
3
Sixty-six Offcuts from Domains
Book
11 × 17 in
Sixty-six Offcuts from Domains is a collection of mostly unused material accumulated during the making of Domains 1– 4. It was published on the occasion of Ideal Science: A Risographic Survey, a group exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery in Cornwall, UK curated by Joseph Townshend of Housework Press. Ideal Science showcased the work of artists, designers, publishers, and printmakers who use risograph printing as part of their wider practice.

Risograph, staple-bound
4
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
5
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 website
6
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
7
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 website and sign up for the newsletter for updates about its release.
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
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 5 — $5
(Un)Popular Mysticism (...) — $15
Björn — $10
Sixty-six Offcuts from Domains — $8
Domains 4 — $10
Untitled — $5
Pollen — Sold out
Domains 3 — $3
Journey to Mt. Analogue — Sold Out
Domains 2 — $12
Carceral Geographies — $20
Interception — Sold out
Domains 1 — $12
1998-067C — $5

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)
Motto Berlin (DE)
Sector 2337 (US)
Graham Foundation (US)
Printed Matter (US)
McNally Jackson (US)
Actual Source (US)

Print Services


We print all jobs on a 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.
 




$15  
(Un)Popular Mysticism on the Internet
What do dildoes, Big Tech, and psychic prediction have in common? In (Un)Popular Mysticism on the Internet, technology writer/poet Ashley D’Arcy traces the post-internet resurgence of mystical practices such as cartomancy, astrology, and crystal healing. Alongside an examination of synchronistic events online, D’Arcy offers a way to understand our digital selves through these phenomena and warns of the consequences that arise when technologists start to co-opt this language of mysticism.

This publication is based on notes for a lecture of the same title given at Theorizing the Web on April 28, 2018 in Queens, New York.

Designed by Luiza Dale.

32pp, 8.5 x 11 in, two-color risograph, coil bound
$10  
Björn
Björn is a selection of eight photographs taken between 1957 and 1963 by Björn Allard, a photographer for the Swedish National Heritage Board. These works document the surveys and archaeological excavations in northern Sweden, as well as landscapes and cultural environments in the countryside.

8pp, 8.5 x 11 in, 2-color risograph, saddle-stitched
$8  
Sixty-six Offcuts from Domains
Sixty-six Offcuts from Domains is a collection of mostly unused material accumulated during the making of Domains 1– 4. It was published on the occasion of Ideal Science: A Risographic Survey, a group exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery in Cornwall, UK curated by Joseph Townshend of Housework Press. Ideal Science showcased the work of artists, designers, publishers, and printmakers who use risograph printing as part of their wider practice.

6pp, 11 x 17 in, risograph, staple-bound
$3  
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
$10  
Domains 4
Featuring: Trance-induced Martian scripts • Joseph Beuys and the Tartar Myth • The elephant capable of human speech • Situationist theses on traffic • An instructional guide on street crossings • Ancient Greek votive figurines

Contributors: Tim Curley, Joseph Ménage, and Charlie Newhouse

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.

8.5 x 11 in, multi-color risograph print and variable formats
Sold out
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.
$5  
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
Sold out
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
$12  
Domains 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
$20  
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
$12  
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

Sold out
Pollen by Sean Suchara
Pollen is a collection of collages produced by Sean Suchara from 2016–2017 inspired by animism, biophilia, and pressed flower books.

46pp, 9 x 11.5 in, four-color risograph, coil bound
$5  
Untitled
A feedback loop is a perpetually self-reinforcing cycle of auto-reference. While it may appear as a flawless hermetic system, it can easily become a trap: A system of beliefs gains stability through self-referential loops, but an infinitely looping algorithm makes computers crash. Enter the black box, a blank space of inaccessibility between input and output. It serves as a lever of power, shielding off the feedback loop from being exposed or from occurring in the first place, but only if remaining perfectly sealed at all times. Any breach – in either direction – poses a danger: Be it a leak that lets information ooze out, be it the occult seeping into its perfect inner illusion.

This publication, a combination of two texts (a performative lecture by Till Wittwer and a text by Jacob Lindgren), examines breaches and their effects on both human and machine vision, instruction cycles, simulations, labor, and the factual.

9.5 x 13 in, single-color risograph, saddle-stitched
$5  
Domains 5
Domains 5 is a toolkit for self-publishing on the P2P web, introducing the ideas and tools behind a decentralized internet and peer-to-peer website hosting via a booklet accompaniment to its online counterpart, domains-5.com. Leading the reader on the journey is The Server, The Browser, The Network, The Data, The User, and The Protocol; repurposed François Rabelais woodcut characters from The Drolatic Dreams of Pantagruel (1565). The booklet includes an introductory essay on the context of a P2P web on today’s platform-dominated internet ecosystem, reproductions of an informational text on the practicality of a peer-to-peer internet, and links to hands-on tools and resources (namely Beaker Browser) to begin experimenting with the P2P web yourself.

6 x 8.5 in, single-color digital, saddle-stitched