Diffusion is the downloadable book format developed by Proboscis in 1999. Since then it has become one of our key tools for research and public engagement, as well as a platform for commissioning new writing and artists books. The design schematics were published in 2001 for anyone to use for their own purposes.
In 2003 Proboscis began developing an online web application, Diffusion Generator, to enable people without graphic design skills or access to professional DTP software to create their own eBooks and StoryCubes. The Generator was operational from November 2006 until August 2009 and used for a programme of Case Studies and Residencies at Proboscis for artists, writers, curators and community development workers.
In late 2008 Proboscis received funding from the Technology Strategy Board to develop an API for third party websites to use its services. In September 2009 we subsequently launched the bookleteer public authoring/self-publishing platform.
The Diffusion website hosts hundreds of published eBooks and StoryCubes – from September 2012 it is maintained as an archive site with all new publications being shared directly through bookleteer’s public library and curated by Proboscis pages.
- bookleteer: Giles Lane, Stefan Kueppers, Yasir Assam, Joe Flintham and Simon Whiteside
- Generator v1: Giles Lane, Phil Ayres & Karen Martin
- StoryCube Design: Giles Lane and Alice Angus
- Initial Diffusion Design: Giles Lane and Paul Farrington with Nima Falatoori
Funded by Collaborative Arts Unit, Arts Council England; Technology Strategy Board