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The mission of the Analog Research Lab (ARL) is to create inspiring and thought-provoking projects about
the world and our place in it. ARL supports creative projects from diverse voices that spur
constructive and critical conversations at Facebook through hands-on processes and analog mediums.
ARL runs multiple workshops weekly for Facebook employees worldwide - with a strong focus on the analog medium and hand-made processes. One of the
more popular workshop in ARL is the book-binding workshop, where participants engage in a simple zine/book binding class to make their own book with thread-sewn binding.
As such, a hole-punching cradle is often required to aid the participants punch precisely positioned holes in the spines of paper stacks.
The hole-punching cradle is originally a technical structure that is functional at its core. As an exploration into form and function, this book was designed as a designed object as opposed to just a functional apparatus. The result is a book that binds books.
Designed to be flat-packed and easy to use, the book has acrylic cut cover pieces that can be detatched to function as 'legs' to form a cradle.
After assembling the cradle, a user can punch up to 7 holes in a stack of folded A4-sized paper precisely through the use of a ruler guide. The stack of paper can then be thread-sewn into a book/zine with the holes punched into the spine.
The content of the book, crafted as a set of 'love letters' to analog and its processes, reflects on the design residency experience. Each copy is screenprinted, laser-cut and hand-bound in limited quantities.