Multimodal Books in a Tertiary Context: Bridging the Gap between Traditional Book Arts and New Technologies

By Lesley Kaiser.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: June 16, 2015 Free Download

Our relationship to books is mutating dramatically, not just for readers and writers, but also for those who design and create books. This research explores how multimodal books might be used to integrate old and new technologies to retain the prized aspects of printed hand-bound books and complement the enhanced communication potential of eBooks. Combinatorial and transformational approaches to learning, teaching, creating and making were implemented in the first year of the Bachelor of Design (Graphics) degree at AUT University. Emerging theoretical contexts informed research into current issues, theory and formats, and students presented their findings as well-designed books that included both a print and an interactive PDF or EPUB formatted for iPads. Ways in which the traditional book might retain “value” are explored—pop-up books, for example, are discovered to have shape-shifted spontaneously to digital forms as technologies change, enhancing rather than replacing the analog-interactive versions, and multimodal approaches are shown to effectively preserve, renew, and re-invent the book as it morphs into the future.

Keywords: Multimodal, Book Arts, Tertiary Graphic Design, Bookbinding, Pop-Up Books, iPads, eBooks, Teaching

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 12, Issue 3-4, June 2015, pp.11-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 16, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.118MB)).

Lesley Kaiser

Senior Lecturer, School of Art and Design,, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand


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