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Our In-Between Spaces

2019-2020

Publication
Interaction
Research
Bookbinding

This print + digital publication is a lexicon of liminal spaces — physical places of ambiguity that act as neither our start nor destination. Each format features spaces from around the world, including gas stations, airports, and waiting rooms. The publication aims to be a guide for the reader to reflect on their own personal liminal spaces and how to consider the meaning in them through the discomfort.

Advisors: Jayme Yen, Annabelle Gould










Anecdotal Data
Pages provide factual data, history, and definitions about each featured liminal space. This information provides context for readers about seemingly mundane areas. A personal anecdote about a specific space was provided to show that these uneasy locations can be tied to strong memories and often become meaningful.














Interactive Liminality
The use of vellum on the airy introductory pages adds a sense of movement by forcing the reader to flip through pages quickly. The vellum partially obscures the next page, showing the path of the ongoing journey but making the details of the destination unclear.

Timelapse pages show how time often feels as if it slows in a state of liminality. While time moves on, little about the physical space changes outside of the characters moving in and out of the area.

Introductory images are folded in half — the reader needs to flip the page in order to see the full image. When unfolded, the gatefolds hold interior data on one side and reveal the full image on the other.














Digital Publication
The digital format provides constant access to the content while also providing community and interactive aspects. In this way, readers will always be able to have a guide on the go, whether they have the physical book with them or not.

Our In-Between Spaces was originally translated from a printed work into a virtual system. Visual language, story structure, and usability had to be considered during the process of translation.









Visual Interactions
Timelapses along with fading images and text use interactive elements to present a sense of liminality within the publication.









Community
A community section of submitted liminal spaces provides an entry point for conversation and connection through the sharing of personal liminal experiences.








Global Archive
With a location index, the user can explore spaces around the world. Whether traveling abroad or walking in a familiar town, the reader can seek out these liminal spaces or search for their current location in the database.