Why does studying typography entail making a book?

At the January 5th, 2012 annual meeting of the College Book Arts Association (CBAA), I answered  the most frequently asked questions of my Intermediate Typography class at Columbia College Chicago, where I have taught for the last 17 years: “Why do we have to make a book in this class if the subject is typography?”  The answer is always the same, “Typography has it origins in the printing of books. Since this class looks at typography from a  historic perspective,  we have to address the problems of what it means to design a book.  What better way to do that than to make one?”

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