Pixel Bliss

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It took some time, but I think pixels are finally challenging print for real. This is how beautiful Destroyer looks on a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 inch with a stunning 2560 x 1600 pixel display. That’s 4,096,000 pixels and a pixel density of 359 ppi.

The development towards sexier displays is mirrored in our sales. Almost no one buys print anymore. As a print man, this saddens me. In the digital world of boy publishing, browsing a paper copy of Destroyer is almost sacral. The threshold to publish something is higher in print; paper carries the message that someone believed enough in the project to pay for the printing, whereas anyone can put together a PDF.

That said, the quality and portability of digital products now match those of paper. Not only pixelwise, but also in the sense that tabs and pads let you leave your desktop computer and bring Destroyer to bed – where it belongs.

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2 thoughts on “Pixel Bliss

  1. While having the print version in hand to peruse and read is wonderful, eventually your copy gets worn, torn, discolored, faded, and/or lost. Thus, we have people like Johnie who’ve scanned and preserved the magazines and images of the past into a digital media that makes them available for future purveyors.

    I understand your sadness because great care must go into the layout of a set size of a physical medium, you have a limit that must be observed. Additionally, decisions of paper type, opaqueness, reflectivity will all affect the readability and viewing of images. Even though printing something in a physical medium requires an initial charge bore by the creator, you seem to be the sort of person whom passion would not allow you to throw together cheap PDFs even if that was the only medium available. Quality comes from the intensity and desire of the creator/designer to deliver their…vision.

    Just as we’ve got “dime store novels” and wondrous works of art in book form, the same will be electronic books.

    1. Yes, you are so right about how page count, paper quality, etc must be observed. And it’s a skill that grows with each new publication. In the beginning the printer sent me paper samples, but now I just browse (feel) old copies of Destroyer when deciding the paper for the next project (the paper in Destroyer ranged from 90 to 130 gram, the cover from 150 to 250).

      And yes, paper fades, but it’s still surprisingly stable as a medium. I think Johnie’s foremost contribution is not saving the old magazines from fading, but from being burned. An important task.

      I think you’re right about my personality type too.

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