Hollywood, FL. I am still thinking about a comment made by a speaker at the Museum Publishing Seminar in Washington: a writer from The New York Times, she said that the book as a physical creation was on its way out, except, perhaps, "as a fetish object."
This past week I read about a young designer, living in Brooklyn, who has achieved sudden and unexpected fame for his beautifully hand-crafted axes. I wonder if we are in a period that is not unlike the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - the world is moving so fast and the changes are so unsettling. Back then, artists responded to the industrial revolution by creating everyday things by hand - not machine. Now, with the internet revolution, maybe what we are losing and want to hold on to is something that is real - that exists outside of a computer screen.
Like a simple tool - or a book.
Fortunately Imago is ahead of the curve, firmly positioned with the creative and manufacturing resources to provide books and related products that are beautiful, well-crafted and most definitely a pleasure to hold in your hand. Long live the book!
Christina McEntee, Imago US