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by The Alliance For Networking Visual Culture
Creative Direction by Erik Loyer

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Scalar is a free, open source publishing platform which gives authors (over 10K accounts to date) tools to structure essay- and book-length works in ways that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including nested, recursive, and non-linear formats. I designed Scalar’s reader interface and wrote most of the code powering its visualizations, media handling, and Javascript API.

“Excellent” Rating, Editor’s Choice,


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A variety of layouts give Scalar authors ample options for displaying content and media.

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A recent interface redesign gives Scalar books greater visual impact while making them easier to read, navigate, and edit.

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Scalar’s built-in visualizations enable authors and readers to see structures and patterns that might otherwise remain hidden.

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Scalar is flexible enough to support a wide variety of applications, including this choose-your-own-adventure-style game that makes extensive use of video.

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Scalar’s API allows completely new interfaces to be powered by content authored using the platform, as in projects like The Knotted Line and Freedom’s Ring.

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