Bookmarking Book Art – Xu Bing

I count myself "magpie lucky". The Gaudier-Brzeska exhibition, the finale before Kettle's Yard would close for years, had drawn me to Cambridge. I spent hours there. Exhausted, I was walking back to the train past the Fitzwilliam Museum. I had read somewhere that Xu Bing would have a small solo exhibition at the Fitzwilliam. I own... Continue Reading →

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Bookmark – Phoenix in an Elegy for Paper?

In another elegy for paper, Mark Fox in Designers & Books leaps from the famous conversation between Ray Bradbury's characters Professor Faber and Fireman Montag in Fahrenheit 451 that begins, “Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean?" to Jaron Lanier's assertion that the remix culture... Continue Reading →

Bookmark – The PhysiDigi Bookmark

If the pen can be mightier than the sword, can a bookmark be mightier than Amazon? Bow Software Ltd in the UK thinks so.  Using NFC technology, Charlotte Quickenden's firm has committed "digital metonymy":  a bookmark that delivers the book. A PhysiDigi Bookmark is a physical form which acts as a digital trigger to download... Continue Reading →

Bookmark — “How Old is Innovation before it’s New?” David Worlock

Two interesting words: "semantic" and "innovation."  Find yourself a good cup of coffee, a slice of sachertorte, the aroma of cinnamon and take the time to read this article by David Worlock. "Getting" the fundamentals of digital publishing means "getting" semantics: the semantic web, taxonomies, ontologies, tagging and all that.  David Worlock's article is a good place... Continue Reading →

Bookmark — The evolution of bookselling

No good history of the book in the late 20th and early 21st century will overlook this part of the book's value chain.  In covering the earlier eras, the outstanding historians -- Chartier, Davenport, Eisenstein, Johns,  Lefèbvre and Martin,  McMurtrie,  Pettegree, Pollard, and Suarez -- touch on distribution and retail to varying degrees.  When it... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art — Mandy Gunn

Made of book pages, shredded and woven, cut and collaged,  the bookwork pictured is part of "an ongoing investigation between TEXT and TEXTILES."    Gunn comments, "Text is usually explicit and obvious; textiles are understood in a more cultural, unstated way. By making Text into a Textile where only minute pieces of text render any... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art – Franziska, a typeface

The Fine Press Book Association’s inaugural Student Type Design Competition sprang from the hope that by building bridges between printers and young type designers we might end up creating new material resources for the fine press community. A PDF document called the Making of Franziska - a hybrid text-face between slab and serif is available for downloading.... Continue Reading →

Bookmark — The ABC of Bookmarking

The British Library's "Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts" blog is a reliable source of visual delight and provocation to think about the interplay of the print and digital worlds.  It also prompts the application of Ezra Pound's critical technique of juxtaposing works, demonstrated so well in his The ABC of Reading. Earlier this year, Ann Tomalak, Conservator,... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking a Book Burning – I

Julian Baggini (Aeon) has posted a thoughtful piece on the need for an important cultural artifact to evolve -- not just in its codex form but in its very essence -- the encyclopedia.  One reader/viewer (there's a video as well) commented: Which is worse? Burning books because they are now available in an electronic format? Or... Continue Reading →

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