Graphic Design in the Digital Future

Lessons from the Renaissance Book—a Book Studies Symposium

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:00am
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room

Our media landscape is changing radically. New technologies offer new ways of reading and new modes of presenting texts—but how completely can we really break with old paradigms? Do the design principles of the printed book have a place in our digital future? To find an answer, this conference compares our ongoing technological revolution with an earlier one: the invention of the printed book itself in Renaissance Europe. Lectures, workshops, and discussion by historians and practitioners of printing, web design, and typography will enable the audience to apply lessons from the Renaissance to the design challenges of the present.
Speakers and workshop leaders include Simran Thadani ’05, executive director of Letterform Archive; printer and type designer Russell Maret; Ken Botnick of emdash design studio and professor of art at Washington University in St. Louis; Wellesley Director of Design Soe Lin Post; Wellesley Senior Instructor in Computer Science Sohie Lee; Wellesley Book Studies and Book Arts Program Director Katherine M. Ruffin; and Margaret Clapp Library Curator of Special Collections Ruth R. Rogers.
The following lectures and discussions take place in the Margaret Clapp Library Library Lecture Room and are free and open to the public:
9:00am  Welcome

9:10am-11am Lectures
Simran Thadani, "(Book) History Repeats Itself: Some Observations on Mise-en-Page, Medieval to Early Modern"
Russell Maret, "Collaborating with the Past: Experiments in Alphabetical Dialogue"
Ken Botnick, "The Book as Algorithm"
11:00am  Refreshments
11:15am  Soe Lin Post, response
11:35am  Discussion
Lunch will be provided at 12:30 for participants in the afternoon workshops, which are open to all Wellesley faculty, staff, and students with advance registration. 75-minute workshops in letterpress printing and web design will be conducted at 2:00pm and 3:30, with a 15-minute break. The program will conclude with a reception and discussion, 4:45-6:00pm.
For further information (including locations), and to register for workshops, please e-mail Prof. Sarah Wall-Randell.
Organized by Sarah Wall-Randell, associate professor of English, and Simon Grote, assistant professor of history, and generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School.