A single edition commemorative book to celebrate
the inauguration of Barack Obama as the first African-American President of the USA. The archival format is intended to preserve the inaugural speech as a defining part of global history. Concealed within a handmade A3 clamshell box are 20 loose leaf pages each representing one minute of time as the speech was spoken. Every word is set on a baseline grid which is formed of sixty single second increments. The words appear on the page exactly as they were spoken in real time. On the reverse of each page, a more fluid layout of subtexts—explaining the processes and techniques that form the structure of an inaugural presidential speech—are juxtaposed between the letters of a poignant headline from the day.