Simran delves into the magic of printed and handmade books.

Printed and handmade books are still in many ways magical objects: surprisingly (reassuringly) durable; visually appealing; and full of good “design” even before design was a thing. Good bookmaking is still a powerful, magical way of communicating; as artifacts of particular lives, times, and worlds, books represent ways of thinking and making that we can continue to learn from in our digital-first world.

About the speaker

Sim Thadani is Executive Director of Letterform Archive​, a library and museum of graphic design and typography in Potrero Hill​. ​For the last ten years she has studied the history and art of books ​in a variety of forms – rare books, manuscripts, letterpress printing, bookbinding, papermaking, calligraphy…

In this talk, Sim will delve into a particular kind of [black] magic: printing! Back in the day, printing was termed the “black art” or the “devil’s art” by many who were suspicious of the miraculous abilities of the printing press. Fast forward 500+ years, and printed (and handmade) books are still in many ways magical objects: surprisingly (reassuringly) durable; visually appealing; and full of good “design” even before design was a thing. Good bookmaking is still a powerful, magical way of communicating; as artifacts of particular lives, times, and worlds, books represent ways of thinking and making that we can continue to learn from in our digital-first world. Sim’s goal for this talk is to spark inspiration and conversation through a combination of images, observations, questions, and a live show-and-tell.

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Books are marks on black paper and printed or handmade books are, in a sense, the essence of civilization because they have given us a tangible way to communicate with each other. — Simran Thadani

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