Future By Design: The Future of Book Design


Date: Monday, April 25, 2016


As long as there are readers, there will be people who judge books by their covers - but what will those covers look like 10 years from now? What does it mean to visualize a concept, theme or idea in today's world of book publishing, and how is this evolving? How are readers' expectations changing with new developments in technology? Join a discussion of traditional and non-traditional book design and how this field continues to shape our cultural landscape and the future of design.




Barbara deWilde














Barbara produces digital products, graphic design and packaging for book, editorial and music publishing. Her services include branding, typography and experience design. Clients include Bloomberg News Visual Data Project, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Random House, Simon & Schuster, W. W. Norton, Penguin Press; Nonesuch Records, AIGA; The New York Times; Hearst Corporation and Patagonia.


Steven Heller

Steven is co-Chair, with Lita Talarico, of the MFA Design / Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program and the SVA Masters Workshop in Rome. He writes for WIRED online and The Daily Heller / Imprint online. He has written more than 170 books including The Design Entrepreneur (with Lita Talarico), Paul Rand, Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant Garde Magazine Design of the 20th Century, Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design, Citizen Designer, Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State and 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design. Steven is the recipient of the Art Directors Club Special Educators Award, the AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement, the School of Visual Arts’ Masters Series Award and the 2011 National Design Award for "Design Mind."
Abbott Miller













Abbott studied design at the Cooper Union School of Art in NYC. In 1989 he founded the multi-disciplinary studio Design/Writing/Research where, in collaboration with Ellen Lupton, he pioneered the concept of “designer as author,” undertaking projects in which content and form are developed in a symbiotic relationship. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as a partner in 1999. Abbott’s projects are often concerned with the cultural role of design and the public life of the written word. At Pentagram he leads a team designing books, magazines, catalogs, identities, exhibitions and creating editorial projects.


About Future By Design

Future By Design is a series of webcast discussions featuring experts sharing their thoughts on a variety of topics. As a virtual event, we invite cities across Canada to host local screening venues where members of the community can gather to watch panelists’ presentations, conduct their own group discussions and participate via webcam in the Q&A. Click here to view recaps of our past Future By Design events. 


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