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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 only has function in mind at its core. As an exploration into form and function, this book was designed
to function not only as a hole-punching cradle, but also as a designed object, and even as a book by itself - a book that binds books.
Designed to be flat-packed and easy to use, the book was designed with 2 acrylic cut cover pieces, with inner pieces that can be detatched to function as 'legs' of the cradle.
After assembling the cradle, a user can punch up to 7 holes in a stack of A4-sized paper precisely through the use of the cradle and a specially designed ruler guide. The stack of paper, punched on the spine, can then be thread-sewn into a book/zine.
The content of the book was crafted as a set of 'love letters' to analog and its processes, reflecting the design residency experience. Each copy is screenprinted and hand-bound in limited quantities.