Term 2: Think ink! by Ruth Sykes and Jess Baines

Printing publications, leaflets, books magazines etc. A huge debate surrounds the validity of traditional print. There is a common increase in popularity more hands  on independent printing procedures. The new advances of technology has meant there is now interactive Portable Document Files (PDF’s), E-books and E-magezines, but yet still even with the constant software updates and adaptations the call for traditional print continues.

Key words:

Revival, mediocre, technology, nostalgia, social value

Essay questions:

  1.  What could be the main reasons for the contemporary print revival in the UK?
  2. How might digital online culture have contributed to the revival of print culture? Discuss with reference to ‘slow media’.
  3. The ‘death of print is nothing new’ – discuss

Reference list:

Baines,  J., Sykes, R. (2015) Think Ink!  [Lecture to BA GMD Year 1] London College of Communication 01/02/16


Baines,  J. (2014) Radical print revolution? Strike Magazine Nov-Dec 2014

Drucker, J. (1995) The artist’s book as idea and form. In The Century of Artists’ Books. New York: Granary Books

Hara, K. (2007) Events on the skin. In Designing Design. Zurich: Lars Muller

Jamieson, R. (2015) Print is dead, long live print. London and New York: Prestel

Le Masurier, M (2012) Independent magazines and the rejuvenation of print. In International Journal of Cultural Studies 15 (4)

Ludovico, A. (2012) Post-digital Print: the mutation of publishing since 1894. Eindhoven:

Ludvigsen, A. (2014) Bookshelfie: book ownership, class and families. Available at: http://discoversociety.org/2014/01/06/bookshelfie-book-ownership-class-and-families/

McLuhan, M. (2001[1964]) Understanding Media: The extensions of man. London: Rutledge

Nickel, K. (2011) Ready to print. Berlin: Gestalten Verlag.


Rauch, J. (2015) Slow media as alternative media: cultural resistance through print and analog revival. C. Atton (ed.) The Routledge companion to alternative and community media, London and New York: Routledge

Robertson, F. (2013) Print culture.  Abingdon: Routledge

Serpentine Galleries (2014) Paul Neale in conversation with Emily King. Available at: https://vimeo.com/91557537 (Accessed: 16/01/16)

Striphas, T. (2011) The late age of print: everyday book culture from consumerism to control. New York: Columbia University Press

Severn (2016) Traditional print – litho printing and digital printing. Available at: http://www.severnprint.co.uk/traditional-print/ (Accessed: 7 September 2016).


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