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Google Book Art

A nice collection of images from Google Books, showing the visual and informational paradoxes of digitization — what is lost, found, and fused. I’m drawn in particular to the accidental nature of it all. We have many examples in the history of reproduction technologies of what is known as remediation …

Dreaming in Books, the Sequel

Introducing the “book pillow.” At first glance it looks like a large dictionary and can even be slid between other volumes on your shelf just like a regular tome. But when you’re feeling sleepy, just get out your reading material from your desk drawer, filing cabinet or shelf. The “book” …

The Art of Letters

A fascinating interview with the German typographer Erik Spiekerman, who was recently awarded the German Design Lifetime Achievement Award. He makes a compelling comparison between typeface design and musical performance. The score may be the same, but the meaning is different depending on how it is visually interpreted. One of the …

Off the Shelf

I like to catalogue past exhibits on artists’ books to see how the idea of the “artist book” has evolved as our ideas about the book (and its future) have evolved. See this exhibit from 2000 at MASS MoCA which had three main themes — science, travel, and the theater — and …