RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press News RSS

The Old Bank featured in local news

Jim Duffus's book on the Rochester Savings Bank is featured in the Democrat & Chronicle. Click here to read the article. For more information or to place an order, visit the book's page on our website.

Upstate Publishing Summit Hosted by RIT Press

It began with an email exchange between Sue Smith of Boydell & Brewer Ltd. and Molly Cort of the RIT Press, who collaborated in the planning of a regional Upstate Publishing Summit. RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press hosted this  event on Thursday, August 18, 2011 where colleagues in publishing gathered to address specific topics and challenges relevant to academic presses. David Pankow gave a warm welcome and overview of the Cary Collection. Attendees included staff from Boydell & Brewer, Ltd., Camden House, Cornell University Press, Open Letter Books, SUNY Press, Syracuse University Press and the University of Rochester Press.

Guest speaker, Graham Anthony, Adjunct Professor in the School of Print Media, presented an overview of XML procedures.  A lively, roundtable discussion of social media strategies was facilitated by Laura Heise and Marnie Soom. After lunch, further discussion groups included best practices on creating and selling E-books and the implementation of Collaborative Marketing strategies.

The day’s session concluded with a tour of the Printing Application Lab (PAL) led by  Frank Cost, who explained some basic digital printing methodologies and showed examples of PAL’s fine printing capabilities. The attendees left with a sense of goodwill and collaboration for the future. An Upstate Summit listserv will be set up as a means to continue sharing information and to encourage supportive dialogue with each other.


Click here to see some photos from the event.



Cary Press garners prestigious Leab Award

Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity has just won the prestigious Leab Award for 2011 in the Division One (expensive) category. Established by Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, editors of the influential reference work American Book Prices Current, the Leab Award recognizes outstanding library exhibition catalogs and is managed by the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS).  Leab Award certificates will be presented to the winners on June 26th during the RBMS membership meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
The book was designed by the award-winning typographer, Mark Argetsinger, and is liberally illustrated with examples of Bragdon’s sketches, color renderings, geometric studies, buildings, and other extraordinarily inventive work. One judge described the book as “transcendent” and “a definitive study of a relatively unknown figure in the history of 20th-century American architecture.”   

"The Art of the Book in the Twentieth Century" Now Shipping

Through the selection of eleven master designers, Jerry Kelly illustrates a wide range of styles: from classically inspired design and historical revival, to novel and modern layouts. He describes the care with which each designer combined typographic elements in their own unique way. The selection of these designers, ranging from Updike to Zapf, is only a small sampling of the practitioners that the twentieth century produced, but they are indicative of the wide range of book design stylesachieved during this exceptionally dynamic century.


The book is 200 pages long with over 100 illustrations, hardcover, and sells for $39.95. Moreinformation is available by clicking here.

AAUP Book Show on campus at RIT

Since 1965, the AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show has fulfilled its mission to “honor and instruct”: honoring the design and production teams whose work furthers a long tradition of excellence in book design, and — through a traveling exhibit and acclaimed annual catalog of selected entries — visually teaching the tenets of good design.


The 2010 selections are on view in the Cary Graphic Arts Collection through March 18, 2011. A limited number of free copies of the AAUP show catalog will be available to visitors.


For more information, visit the Association of American University Presses website.

Meet the Press on March 17

Thinking of publishing? Have you considered the university press here at RIT?

Join us for an open house to meet our director, managing editor, book designer, and business manager. Learn about the steps involved in the publishing process. Some of our authors will be in attendance to discuss their experiences.

RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press and its imprint, RIT Press, are scholarly publishing enterprises at Rochester Institute of Technology. Originally focused on publishing works in the graphic arts field, the Press has expanded into other subjects related to the RIT curriculum. We are dedicated to the innovative use of new publishing technology while upholding high standards in content quality, publication design, and print production.


Provost Jeremy Haefner will speak at 2:30pm. Refreshments provided. Enter a raffle to win books and gift items!


Alexander S. Lawson Publishing Center
The Wallace Center, second floor
Thursday March 17, 2pm–4pm

Typeface Revivals: Lectures on February 10

“Morris Benton’s Type Revivals”
Patricia A. Cost

“Genuine Imitations: A Type Designer’s View of Revivals”
Matthew Carter, type designer and author

Reception and book signing following

Celebrating the publication of The Bentons: How an American Father and Son Changed the Printing Industry by Patricia A. Cost

$4.00 general admission
Purchase at
Limited seating—buy now!

Valentine's Day Cards and Gifts

Our letterpress-printed note cards can't be beat! $3.00 for 4 cards and they're all made right at RIT with historical metal type and equipment from the Cary Graphic Arts Collection. Selections include hearts, love, bow and arrow, and xoxo. Buying in person? Individual cards are available for $1 each with colored envelopes. Or send roses with our flower cards. Our books and calendars make great gifts too. Feel free to stop by and browse.

Kate Gleason biography available now

"Kate Gleason was born into a world and a century that wasn’t ready for her confidence, courage, or competence, just like her friend and mentor, Susan B. Anthony. Kate was more than ready for the world. Plunge into the “Life and Letters” to journey with this remarkable woman whose life flows from the end of the Civil War to the early years of the Great Depression, from Rochester to France, and from California to South Carolina. You will emerge feeling energized and renewed by what one woman can accomplish." -Deborah L. Hughes, Executive Director, Susan B. Anthony House

For more information, click here:

The Life and Letters of Kate Gleason (Hardcover) The Life and Letters of Kate Gleason (Softcover)

'Jewel of the Sports World' featured in new book

For a quarter century, the winner of the S. Rae Hickok Professional Athlete of the Year award received the most renowned prize for sports in America. It was the Hickok Belt—an alligator-skin belt with a 5-pound, solid gold buckle encrusted with diamonds, rubies and sapphires.

New York Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle won the Hickok in 1956, boxer Carmen Basilio in 1957, golfer Arnold Palmer in 1960, NFL running back Jim Brown in 1964, and baseball legend Sandy Koufax hit the jackpot twice—in 1963 and 1965.

“I’ve received many, many awards, but this is the greatest tribute paid any athlete,” said Red Sox MVP outfielder Carl Yastrzemski after he became the victor in 1967.

Nationally recognized sports columnist and author Scott Pitoniak tells the story of the award, the winners and its history in Jewel of the Sports World: The Story of the Hickok Belt Award. The book includes a foreword by Muhammad Ali (who won in 1974) and is published by RIT Press, a scholarly publishing enterprise at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Continue reading the story on RIT News

Syndicate content