Beyond the fold

Graphic design
Designer | Artist Sebastian Bettencourt
Year 2007

Beyond the Fold imagines the newspaper of the future, as have many speculative projects of the past two decades. But Sebastian Bettencourt’s design abandons the now-familiar elements of digital interfaces, such as buttons and icons, to focus on the newspaper’s spatial properties, presence, and relationship to a reader’s motions, looking beyond the transfer of information to evoke the reading experience. Familiar motions steer the interaction: unfolding the device activates it, turning pages navigates through it, and shaking refreshes content. Cutting-edge technology is maximized while the timeless ritual of reading the newspaper is honored. The concept, presented as Bettencourt’s graduate thesis, was illustrated with a video edited by Joel Nathanael Smith.