Digital Lab

A digital workspace is located in North Hall, adjacent to the binding, papermaking, and printing classrooms. Dedicated to UICB graduate student use, the lab is outfitted with seven 21.5 inch iMac computers equipped with current versions of Adobe Creative Cloud designware. For the physical product, there are printers, scanners, cutting tools, and camera, consisting of an HP LaserJet 5200TN 11x17” printer, an HP Color LaserJet CP5225 11x17” color printer, and an Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Large-format color inkjet printer, an Epson V600 Photo scanner, an Epson 10000 XL 12x17” scanner, a Graphtec Craft Robo Pro cutting plotter, a Canon Powershot G15 camera, and a Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR camera.

The Center offers courses in digital bookwork, book design, and computer graphics for the art of the book. Check listings at MYUI(link is external) for course availabilities and offerings; enter "UICB" in the course subject field, then click on "Search." Some current offerings include:

Computer Graphics for Book Arts
Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite graphic design software (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop); emphasis on using software for book arts applications; typesetting and pagination of multipage documents; methods for combining text and image; tools and techniques for digital illustration; creation and manipulation of digital images; preparations of digital files for desktop or letterpress printing and services bureau output.

Book and Publication Design
Students plan, design, and produce a book using Adobe Creative Suite; page layout software, typography, page layout and design, book formatting, handling of image files, preparation of materials for print and other contemporary book media; history of book design, book design in contemporary publishing; visit to University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections.

Digital Design for Artists' Books
Introduction to concepts, techniques, and technologies used to design and produce artists' books with personal computers and graphic design software.