Fanzines are defined as “non-official publications produced by enthusiasts of a particular cultural phenomenon”. Now “fanzines” also include niche art publications made within a small economy, close to what artist’s books are, but I wanted to go back to the original role of the fanzine: Fungal is a homage to Wikipedia, one of the greatest website of the World Wide Web. This collaborative encyclopedia is now 21 years old, and I am still fascinated how it changed our relationship to knowledge. It also represents a comforting example of what humanity can do: collaborating voluntarily on the largest knowledge project in our history. I consider Wikipedia being the descendant of Enlightenment’s encyclopédistes and free software movement, and I think such project made by the people, for the people are beautiful remains of the early Web’s utopia.

Wikipedia is not perfect (lack of diversity, moderation…) and it remains a fragile system. Still, I wanted to picture it as a post-human vestige, an artifact invaded by biomorphic figures and spreading typography. My work quickly focused on how to create organic ornaments, affecting the encyclopedia’s interface, its typography, the figures and the Wikipedia logo itself.

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I asked my friend Jérémy Landes to collaborate on the design of a libre font forked from DejaVu Sans, able to spread like mycelium thanks to the variable technology. It is named “Fungal Sans” and it is available for download at fungal.page (still wip).

@raphael C'est génial. Il y a moyen de te commander le zine directement (pour éviter les 15£ de shipping ? :3)

@bfluzin Malheureusement j’en ai qu’une poignée d’exemplaires que je vais garder…

@raphael ok ! c'est vraiment un souci avec les éditeurs outre manche, ça devient n'imp les frais de port…

@raphael You made my day 😀 Such an incredibly beautiful tribute!

@despens Hopefully this will trigger font-variation-settings: 'grow';

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