Will there be books in the year 2240? What role will the library play in our lives? Those are the questions put forth in our recent Design Challenge: Envisioning the Library of the Future.
Ryerson’s Transmedia Zone, Penguin RandomHouse, and the Toronto Reference Library teamed up with over 60 readers, storytellers, designers, makers and innovators to envision the library of the future. Teams tackled design fictions for architecture, interface design, and narrative. The design challenge generated innovative, outside-of-the-box ideas that envisioned the future of story, community, and learning, with the library at the forefront of each concept.
The design challenge was part of #WeFry, an international series of events and hackathons coinciding with the launch of acclaimed author and actor Stephen Fry’s latest book. Stephen’s love of literature and digital prowess inspired creators to really push boundaries and examine the interplay of culture and technology in our lives, through a “design fiction” process.
Check out the trailer for a longer-form interactive documentary about our Toronto event.