The Book Arts Program.

28 June 2012

9 Comments to “The Book Arts Program.”

  1. How interesting and lovely!

  2. What an unbelievable waste of these students’ time and money. Learning how to create books from lead type? Seriously? The course should be titled “The history of printing” and there should NOT be a major in it.

    Yeah, the smell of ink and feel of paper is wonderful. I worked in publishing houses. But that’s not where we are any more.

    Those poor kids are going to be shell-shocked when they hit the 21st century publishing world.

    • Does this mean you believe other art students should give up learning painting and sculpture and glass work, and only learn to use Photoshop to create beautiful things?

      • You know what, Kat, that’s a false choice. I didn’t say any of the above.

        Did you catch the student that talked in glowing terms how he could take a book that is out of print and recreated it and print it himself? Well, there’s already a pretty fast and cheap way of doing that. It’s called OCR scanning.

        This teacher is setting his students up to fail spectacularly if they try to enter the publishing world of the 21st century.

  3. No. By all means, let them study this if they want–but don’t make it a major program, or present it as a way into modern publishing. It should be for historic purposes. The appetizer, not the main course.

    • Actually I believe there will always be a place for people to restore and repair books and manuscripts – libraries, museums, archives. This will become an increasingly lost art. I suspect at least some of the students in the program are looking at careers in those areas.
      I e-publish but I truly do not believe print books will ever disappear altogether.

  4. This seems to be a Fin Arts degree. It ts likely as useful as any other FA degree.

    juliabarrett is right in that many of the skills could be considered artisanal and likely to be forgotten if not preserved. I see this as similar to the brew-master programs a handful of schools offer.


  5. This is cool, PG! I’m going to share this on my blog! =o)

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