Extreme reverse publishing

Ben Terrett, a British graphic designer, recently teamed up with a friend for an interesting project in that blends print and online media. They assembled blog posts, Twitter messages and other content that their friends had put online, and they made it into a newspaper. Yes, on paper.

The result is Things Our Friends Have Written On The Internet 2008. This unusual newspaper contains no advertising and has a “circulation” of 1,000.

Terrett’s detailed account of how the publication came together is heavy on the design angle, and he discloses that none of the content was edited. It’s still an interesting experiment in reverse publishing. Perhaps the project is also another testament to the keepsake value of print — Terrett even includes celebratory video of his newspaper rolling off the presses.