'Litmus Paper' at Cheltenham Festivals

In July 2012 we were supported by the British Library to produce a new edition of Litmus Paper – a daily publication summarising news, reviews and research stories associated with each day of Cheltenham Science Festival.

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Cheltenham hosts the UK's biggest science festival, presenting an array of interactive experiments, talks and exhibitions to nearly 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

The Discovery Zone at Cheltenham Science Festival

Interactive cover designs

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

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

View the issues online:






Series of five Litmus Paper editions published daily at Cheltenham Science Festival, 2012