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The Scripps College Press publishes limited edition books each semester created and printed with letterpress equipment by students in Art 135: Typography and the Book Arts. Sophomores at Scripps can also select the Core III class, From Materiality to Immateriality: The Coming of the Artist Book to deepen their understanding of the book arts field.

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Latest Book: Good Data/Bad Data (2014)

Good Data/Bad DataThe collection and use of such data has both positive and negative aspects, particularly in the area of personal privacy. This topic therefore seemed like a good candidate for investigations by the students in the Typography and the Book Arts class. The visual presentation of data has been extensively discussed by many in the emerging information design field, by Yale computer scientist Edward Tufte in his four books, and by various authors on visual complexity. Five areas of book design were first investigated: the choice and use of type, layout of double-page spreads, coordination of image and text (especially presentation of data), title page layout, and book structure. After researching these areas, students chose to present their reactions to big data sets, both good data and bad data.

Eight students worked assiduously over 14 weeks to present this book on the ramifications of the collection of big data. They printed with four Vandercooks on Rives Heavyweight paper, Softwhite in 12 pt. Gill Sans. Most of the images were carved in linoleum and printed in a choice of three colors. Several of the data sets were made into photopolymer plates and were printed letterpress. The binding is cloth-covered Davey boards attached by the tapes to the eleven sewn signatures. Size: 9.875 x 6.625 inches. The book was printed in an edition of 102 copies.


Scripps College Old Style

Scripps College Old Style by Frederic W. GoudyScripps College has its own font, designed in 1941 by master type designer Frederic W. Goudy. To learn more about this unique and impressive font, click here.

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