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The Book as Interface


Interfaces are areas of meeting to facilitate control. That's one place to start.

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Interface as illustrated by Saussure. Conceptualizing points where thought and language interface.

Computer, phone, keyboard. These are easy to see as interfaces because you do something and something happens.

Interfaces are also places where two micro-climates or environments meet - some natural, others designed: the interface between forest and clearing, street and yard, street and building.

We design interfaces. Interface design address look and feel but also control and feedback. Designers like to call this experience design.

The book interface is material. We can see it, touch it, manipulate it.

It is designed. It evolved over time to develop covers, paratextual material, indexes, TOCs. These elements vary by genre: novels generally don't have indexes.

And the interface elements came not just to function but were given meaning. Headers and footers. But also covers, back covers, end papers, spine. All part of the interface of book - and that changes when we move to digital.

To start

Read, take notes on, commonplace, come to class ready to question, discuss, consider, exemplify, extend.

All of these are in in the course Dropbox folder.



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