Skeuomorph Press & BookLab is an experiential studio for teaching and researching the history and art of the book at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. We are housed in the Champaign-Urbana Community FabLab and sponsored by the School of Information Sciences, with support from the Department of English.

Skeuomorph is directed by Ryan Cordell, Associate Professor of Information Sciences and English.

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the press’ Assistant Directors are Isabella Viega (PhD student, Information Sciences) and Kadin Henningsen (PhD Student, English)

Spring 2024 Public Hours!
Mon & Wed 5-9pm
Sun 1-5pm

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Skeuomorph Press sponsors applied research in book history and creative projects by students and faculty, offers experiential workshops in the history of print technologies, teaches modules in classes across departments, and fosters a community of makers on campus. We are especially interested in experiments that blend historical and contemporary technologies, such as intersections between letterpress and 3D printing, and in creative projects that engage with the rich materiality of letterpress production.

[S]keuomorphs make clear the inevitable links that bridge historical and contemporary media, and can be instructional and inspiring. We believe that understanding contemporary media and technology requires historical thinking.

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