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Jon Bath

Jon Bath


Director, Humanities and Fine Arts Digital Research Centre

Office: Arts 145
Phone: 966-1429

Keywords / Tags

  • book design
  • digital humanities
  • interface design
  • textual studies
  • typography

Jon has been at the Digital Research Centre since it opened in 2006, and became the Director in the summer of 2011.

He completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009.   His PhD thesis, Blowing the Crystal Goblet: Transparent Book Design 1350-1950, traces the development of the “crystal goblet” metaphor for printing – the belief that the primary function of those who craft information interfaces is to make the medium as unobtrusive as possible so that readers can have the illusion of unmediated communication with their chosen authors. He is now working on a monograph, tentatively titled Coding the Crystal Goblet, which examines the persistence of this belief that “invisible” reading interfaces are superior to those that assert their own materiality in the discourse surrounding the design of electronic reading interfaces. He is an active scholar in the fields of Digital Humanities and Textual Studies/Book History. Notably he sits on the editorial boards for two digital Textual Studies publications, Opuscula and Architectures of the Book,  and is a co-leader of the Modelling and Prototyping Team of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments  (INKE) project, a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative.

Publications (Most Recent)

  • Bath, J. "Tradition and Transparency: Why Book Design Still Matters in the Digital Age." Scholarly and Research Communication. (In Press)
  • Brent Nelson, Jon Bath and the INKE Research Team. "Old Ways for Linking Texts in the Digital Reading Environment: The Case of the Thompson Chain Reference Bible." Digital Humanities Quarterly. (In Press)
  • Bath, J. "Stanley Morison Against the Bauhaus." Hyphen – A Typographical Forum.