Kim Andre Ottesen

The book about the one who stole my iPhone

Perfect bound book

Edition of 1

Concept, copywriting, art direction and production

Autumn 2012

Typefaces: Theinhardt, Nimbus Roman

Paper: High gloss photo paper, Scandia 2000 90g/cm3

As a citizen of the technology-addicted world, I felt the downside of living and archiving my life digitally when my iPhone was stolen. Uncovering my need of communicating through digital devices and the unpleasant feeling of strangers having my personal information, layed the foundation for an eight-week project raising the question: “How can the increasing bond between the digital sphere and the physical world be illustrated through a stolen digital device?”

Through a mistake by the thief, I got access to this persons contact list and address via iCloud syncronization and Find my iPhone. With this information, I utilized digital channels and databases to gather as much information about this person as possible – and in the end I have strong proof of who has my iPhone – and a book containing the life of this person.

The layout is a direct representation of my investigation, and loosely based on what it looked like in my sketch book. Since the investigation is based around hyperlinks and how information is connected, I’ve designed it as a site map.

Searches on Google and Facebook led to most of the clues, and through an excessive investigation I found pictures matching the information.

The content is a direct representation of my process of finding the thief, with all the quirky ways of gathering and compare information.

In the end I had a complete overview of this persons social life, as well as personal details. Especially the updated contact list with names, adresses, telephone numbers and even pictures, stands as a symbol for how vulnerable our private lives are because of the way we handle digital information.

The cover is a high gloss photo quality paper, printed with substantial amounts of black ink to create a mirror-like effect. This surface is very vulnerable to finger prints, making every viewer leave their mark on the book – reflecting the theme of leaving personal information everywhere in digital media.