The Book and Beyond
Electronic publishing and the art of the book
7 April - 1 October 1995
Design Now Room, 20th Century Gallery
This electronic publication or virtual exhibition contains the text of
the labels for a display
An introductory screen and colour images of many of the objects have been incorporated in this electronic edition. Apart from a few minor changes, the text is otherwise virtually identical to the pamphlet published to acompany the exhibition in 1995.
© Victoria and Albert Museum, 2001.
THE BOOK AND BEYOND
With the aid of modern printing technology and computer typesetting, book publishers are able to produce well-illustrated mass-produced publications of a high technical quality. Although there are various strands evident in contemporary publishing, it is nevertheless possible to see a continuum from letterpress printing, through computer typesetting, to electronic publication on CD-ROM or the internet.
Innovations in mainstream publishing coincide with an upsurge in the production of "book art", "book works" and "artists' books", many of which are either unique or available only in limited editions. The National Art Library contains many objects which experiment with the form, content and direction of the book, and this display is based upon material from the Library's collections.
Curated by Douglas Dodds, National Art Library.