Welcome to the Future Text Lab, a virtual lab where we host dialogue on the possible futures of text, publish a wide perspective and create our own demonstrations of interactive text. We feel strongly that as we move through increasingly large and complex information environments we will need greater agility to thrive and not be overwhelmed, manipulated or disconnected. We aim to make interacting with your knowledge as immersive and engaging as playing a great game, not a chore. Furthermore, moving your information around should be as automatic as the user wants it to be.

We feel the future will be multidimensional and multi-device, with much important work left to do for tradition interfaces, such as computers and smartphones, as well as in VR, which we believe will be a hugely important dimension to our work.

Publications

Books

We publish an annual series of books on ‘The Future of Text‘.

Journal

We will publish a Monthly Journal, starting end of January 2022.

Newsletter

A monthly email newsletter with highlights from the community, starting end of January 2022.

Events

Annual Symposium

We have hosted an annual Symposium for a decade on ‘The Future of Text‘.

Monthly Speaker Series

We feature a Guest Speaker every month. The first one will be Barbara Tversky on the 21st of January. You can Add The Monthly Presentations to your Calendar if you like.

Upcoming speakers include Jad EsberJamie JoyceBrandel Zachernuk and Richard Saul Wurman.

Projects

Augmented Text Tools

Software to demonstrate the value of richly interactive text: www.augmentedtext.info

Infrastructure

We designed, implemented and we are supporting an infrastructure we call Visual-Meta.

Community

Lab

The Lab meets twice a week in addition to the monthly Presentations and the annual Symposium. Email us if you would like to attend and feel free to join our community on future-of-text.circle.so You can also join our Discussions and view our Resources of links, articles, books and so on.

All our meetings are open and transparent. Archive Record from January 2022 onwards:
Video | Transcripts | Chat Logs

Community resources, primarily to make them easy to access from within VR at this point:

VR Resources | By Brandel | By Adam

The Future Lab Team
2022