The Book as Sensate Storyteller
It’s been said that the book is the most perfectly designed object for “reading.”
That is according to earlier conversations with book and type design legend,
typographic theorist and book / tablet
reading and UX scholar at Microsoft,
then an explorer on his own, before his untimely passage in 2012.
I wrote to him for a while, we exchanged ideas on the principle of the book, then I met him and his wife at their home and artistic retreat in Kauai, Hawaii.
One conversation touched on the notion of sensation, the touch of the book — how it is held, the distance from the eyes, the gesture of the turning
of the page — the movement into the story.
Girvin celebrates the book [and has written about the book] in bringing the experience of the book into the offices in two libraries, open to all to explore.
One, the rare book library is a special room — small and self contained, a quiet working space filled with rare books on design, fine printing,
the history of the book arts, architecture, calligraphy, type history and paleography.
Below, part of the western wall
of the Girvin rare books room.
And the main library:
Here, explorations of the art of the book:
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