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Litmus Paper published at Cheltenham Festivals

July 2012

With support from the British Library we have produced a brand new edition of Litmus Paper, Cheltenham Science Festival’s daily publication summarising news, reviews and research stories associated with each day of the event. Cheltenham hosts the UK’s biggest science festival, presenting an array of interactive experiments, talks and exhibitions to up to 50,000 visitors each year. 

Litmus Paper went down a storm!” 
– Ashley Kent, Cheltenham Science Festival Manager

We produced five consecutive issues of Litmus. Half the content was compiled, edited and designed in advance. The other half was written and designed live at the festival, with our editorial team attending the events and conducting interviews with guest presenters and our design team working into the small hours.

The editions were printed overnight and delivered by 9am every morning. 

Litmus Paper daily blog
View project post

Each issue was printed overnight and delivered at the Festival by 9am
The Discovery Zone at Cheltenham Science Festival
The Festival entrance

Design Science’s Phillip Kent developed coded design solutions for each of the Litmus Paper covers, which could be accessed at

We invited visitors to download the code for any of the covers, modify, then upload back their contributions (or add new ones).

View interactive cover 2
View hextiling basis for interactive cover 2