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Graphic Design in the Digital Future: Lessons from the Renaissance Book
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This conference considers our ongoing technological revolution in light of 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 participants to apply lessons from the Renaissance to the design challenges of the present.

9/10/2016
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
9:00 AM
Where: Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room
Wellesley College
106 Central St, Massachusetts  Wellesley
United States
Contact: Sarah Wall-Randell

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Graphic Design in the Digital Future: Lessons from the Renaissance Book

A Book Studies Symposium at Wellesley College
10 September 2016, 9am–6pm

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 considers our ongoing technological revolution in light of 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 participants to apply lessons from the Renaissance to the design challenges of the present.

Speakers include Simran Thadani, executive director of Letterform Archive; printer and type designer Russell Maret; Ken Botnick of emdash design studio and professor of art at Washington University; and Wellesley Director of Design Soe Lin Post. Lectures and discussions take place in the Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room from 9:00am until 12:30pm and are free and open to the public. Following a lunch break, the program will resume at 2:00pm with workshops in letterpress printing and web design. Workshops, led by Wellesley Senior Instructor in Computer Science Sohie Lee, Wellesley Book Arts Program Director Katherine Ruffin, and Wellesley Curator of Special Collections Ruth Rogers, run until 4:45. A reception and closing discussion will follow.

Advance registration is required for afternoon workshops. For further information (including locations), and to register for workshops, please e-mail Sarah Wall-Randell (swallran@wellesley.edu). More information is also available at http://www.wellesley.edu/events/node/95431

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography and organized by Simon Grote (History), Sarah Wall-Randell (English), Wellesley College.

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