This intensive course will help students to understand how books are physically designed and created. Students will learn to use the book format in their work as a means of expanding, preserving, and restructuring ideas. After a visit to Special Collections and Archives to look at examples of artists' books and a review of 1200 years of Eastern and Western book binding types, students will make at least eight books, including an accordion book, a long-stitch book, a Coptic stitch book, side-sewn bindings including a Japanese four-hole stitch books, variations on pamphlet binding and a map fold book, as well as a simple box. The properties of bookbinding materials will be discussed in detail. No prior experience is necessary.