Educate artists and library patrons about the collaborations that produced some of the world's most beautiful books.
This was my Master’s thesis project. I completed an MFA in graphic design at Indiana University in 2006. I spent a semester in the Lilly Special Collections Library at Indiana University studying print history and fine presses.
I wanted to help exhibition visitors understand and appreciate some of the beautiful books in the collection, which contains many that are among the most famous and rare in the world.
Invitations were sent to the library’s supporters and normal mailing list for exhibitions. Faculty and students from the School of Fine Arts were also invited. It was a public exhibition, but patrons tended to be quite educated, and disposed to be book lovers.
I had one room with two walls containing glass cases. Books can be difficult to display effectively, since only a small fraction can ever be visible at one time.
Team / Roles
I was solely responsible for all of the research, planning, design, and execution of the exhibition.
I wanted to go beyond the standard library exhibition, which consisted of an open book with a small identifying caption and perhaps a description.
A few of my favorite things
Hands-on elements and audio narration
The beautiful, beautiful books
This is my favorite case of the bunch.