Unconferences are crazy time. The upcoming Wikicamp.in is no exception. I along with Prasad of Universal Print System, initiated the Wiki2Booklet. We wanted to get the feel of collaborative book making possibility of the wiki. And also learn a few aspect of the wiki technology so that we can apply them in our day to day business activity.
We were a bit disappointed at the the lack of traction as on Friday morning: We wrote it off as dead turkey! Then during the organizer’s event walkthroug meeting, Wike2Booklet came up for discussion (Thanks Syed for thoughtfully inviting us to the meeting!). I was amazed at the way Kiruba smoothly enlisted volunteers for the booklet content. The Booklet became a reality within no time. As Kiruba puts it: we walked the talk! Kiruba has a lucid discription of the evolution in his Unconference book announcement.
I was the one doing/overseeing the cover desing, and text layout. I would have been more happy if the content was tuned to layman, and a few more rounds of editing. Well, there is always the next version. During the layout process, I was surprised by the lack of readymade, working tools to suck content out of a wiki as a pdf file or some other formatted file than can be used as a base for layout and formatting. The all too many links in the content were a real bitch to work on. Hari of UPSL was at it the whole night doing it meticulously.
The front cover page has a gapingvoid.com cartoon plus a area for autograph.
The back cover page inner is a tribute to the multiple versions of logos that were contemplated before the wikicamp logo was finalized. This is what I love the most. There were 43 logos. And it reflects the spirit of wiki, wikicamp, unconference in a major way. Featuring in the wikibooklet is a fitting tribute to the labour of love!
And finally the back cover with the Blue monster microsoft cartoon of gapingvoid juxtaposed to the wikipedia logo. The message is, while microsoft is struggling to reinvent itself the Wikipedia is changing and enabling change effortlessly.
Popcorn: I specifically did not give credit in the booklet to Hugh for his cartoons. The idea is, gapingvoid is so widely known, that not giving credit is the credit!
Overall, it was a educative and high energy exercise. Will I do it again: I will, I will!, but only after investing on an editorial resource and better tools.