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In Praise of Print: Book Design in the 21st Century

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University of Greenwich

11 Stockwell St

Lecture theatre 004

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Why hasn’t digital killed print?

Digital books were supposed to lead to the death of print, yet this hasn’t happened. After a brief flirtation with ereaders, many have returned to the printed book as a desirable cultural artefact.

As part of the Creative Conversations New Space of Publishing series, this panel will explore the crucial role of book design and book art practice in contemporary publishing. Much more than a simple aesthetic pleasure, they constitute forms of communication in themselves – able to both enhance and contrast the written word, play with it, subvert it, add gravitas and change and create meanings. Questions our panel will discuss include:

What does the physicality of print bring to the book experience?

What is the role for a book designer or book artist in society? Has this changed over time?

Should we think differently about the reader's experience with print?

Panellists include:

Joe Whitlock Blundell - former Production Director in charge of Art and Design and Limited Editions, The Folio Society.

Caroline Woodley, writer, editor and Publishing Director of Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry, University of the Arts London|The University of Chicago Press Journals

Marc Valli, one of the owners and founders of specialist bookshop Magma ​, Elephant Magazine and deputy publisher at Laurence King Publishing​

Laura Jouan, French book artist, whose work was exhibited in the Unbinding the Book exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery.

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7 pm welcome drinks

7.30-8.30 pm discussion

8.30-9.30pm wine reception

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University of Greenwich

11 Stockwell St

Lecture theatre 004

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SE10 9BD

United Kingdom

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