The Concept of Zero:
A publication (ISTD)

We don’t often, or perhaps ever, pay attention to the number zero. Do we acknowledge zero as a number or just a void we realise when we are missing something?

Whereas, the concept of zero requires us to recognise that the absence of something is a thing in and of itself, which is mysteriously fascinating. What is nothing, anyway?

As you flip through the pages, may you see the world with fresh eyes with the concept of zero.

/ publication design.

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“But if you look through zero, you see the world…”

Though the idea of nothing may sound insignificant, as we all know, everything starts from it. From calculus, placeholder digit to the invention of computers. It is safe to say that our world would not be able to function the way it does without zero. We could not live without zero, but we once had to. The number zero is said to be a relatively new invention. However, after its incredible spiritual and intellectual roots, zero faced a real struggle when it first arrived in Europe. It was the matter of difference in beliefs and zero was seen to set a dangerous precedent as it is the gateway to negative numbers.

To portray the concept of zero, the overall approach for the publication aims to be both expressive yet harmonious. It is motivated by idea of going back to basic. For instance, the use of primary colours, basic shapes and adequate amount of white space to visualise emptiness.

Circles in the form of typography, cut-outs and shapes are inspired by the number itself. Overlays, laser cuttings are the main techniques used to visualise “absence” in an engaging way.

The page numbering in the publication is intentionally messed up to showcase how it is impossible to count without zero.

Finally, the book case intends to enhance the first impression of zero or, a sense of void as reader first pulls the publication out of the case.