Modern manuscript books, in their digital form, continue to influence cultures of visual and linguistic literacy by merging text and multimedia elements to create engaging and educational content. They are a testament to the evolving ways in which people read, write, and communicate in the digital age. A notable example is the digital novel "S." by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. It includes handwritten notes, maps, and other visual elements within the book's pages. Readers must decode and engage with these additional layers of content, considering both linguistic and visual literacy.
Digital manuscripts represent a significant shift in the tools and techniques used in graphic design. The transition from traditional pen-and-paper methods to digital platforms has revolutionized the design industry. Understanding this transition is crucial for tracing the development of graphic design as a discipline, and how we continue to evolve and yet retain ancient practices like manuscripts.