Edges of Books examines a familiar form from an unfamiliar perspective. When books are on display it is usually their spines, covers, text, or illustrations that are featured. These are the familiar parts of the books—the parts that modern readers have come to interact with the most. Edges of Books takes a different approach, uncovering a tradition that extends back centuries in which the edges of books were important sites for information and decoration.
Publisher:RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press (September, 2012)
Throughout the twentieth century, modern design theories in combination with newer printing technologies offered book designers far more options than were previously available to them. Utilizing these resources, some skillful artisans produced stunning designs in period style, arranging modern re-cuttings of early type designs with historical decoration that resulted in the creation of truly beautiful books; while others preferred a more contemporary aesthetic, building upon earlier principles in a fresh, novel manner.
Publisher:RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press (March, 2011)
Wood type in myriad designs—from stark condensed sans serifs to bizarre ornamental scripts—created variety in commercial advertising more than 180 years ago, and continues today to influence modern signs, posters, and billboards. The Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection at RIT maintains an impressive collection of wood type, numbering over 300 fonts. This book showcases over 250 of our best wood type specimens, including many complete fonts and samples from unusual designs.
Publisher:RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press (January, 2010)