Friends of the Dickens Forum,
Robert Patten <[log in to unmask]> alerts us to a book of interest to
students of _Great Expectations_ and modern design: (pjm)
Dickensians might like to know about _Page 1: Great
Expectations_, just published in the UK by GraphicDesign&. The two
principals in that firm, both graphic designers, authors, and teachers,
are Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright.
Last year they asked 70 world-class book and type designers to
take the first page of Charles Dickens's _Great Expectations_ and redesign
it for contemporary readers. Some produced alternatives to the page block,
others explored the grammar and syntax, and some went even further in
imagining the text as itself being shaped by the gravestones Pip is
observing, or the e-products on which future generations may
encounter the text. The range of treatments is fascinating, as are
the explanations each designer provides.
In teaching the multiple endings of _Great Expectations_ in the UK
during Dickens 2012, I've used this book to help students think about the
opening to which any ending must relate. Seeing the text in so many
different instantiations disorients them and helps them to be aware of
many aspects of the page they usually take for granted. Anyone interested
in the interaction of content and form in printed materials will find
this book instructive. It may not be ordered by many libraries, but
it can be obtained through the GraphicDesign& [UK] website.