The Machine Stops

"It was naked, humanity seemed naked, and all these tubes and buttons and machineries neither came into the world with us, nor will they follow us out, nor do they matter supremely while we are here. Had I been strong, I would have torn off every garment I had, and gone out into the outer air unswaddled."


This extract from E. M. Forster's 'The Machine Stops' (1909) was the influence for my design interpretation of the story that looks at themes of a dystopian universe with limited human communication. At the beginning, the publication appears as blank black pages with small tabs indicating where to tear the paper to reveal the story. It allows the work to remain interactive for the reader, creating a unique reading experience while the overall appearance remains concealed.  

A French Fold technique for the pages of the book allowed an open spine for the binding, while Colourplan Ebony Black and Mandarin Orange was used to create an eye-catching colour palette while maintaining quality when folded multiple times.