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Jon Bath

Jon Bath


Assistant Professor, Art & Art History and 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 joined the Department of Art & Art History in 2015.

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 discourse surrounding the design of electronic interfaces for the persistence of this belief that “invisible” user interfaces are superior to those that assert their own materiality. He is an active scholar in the fields of Digital Humanities and Textual Studies/Book History. Most notably, he 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, Scott Schofield and the INKE team. "The Digital Book." In Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book, First, edited by Leslie Howsam, 181-195. Cambridge UP: Cambridge, 2015.
  • Brent Nelson, Jon Bath, Robert Imes and the INKE team. "Small Books, Small Screens: From the Phylactery to the Cellphone." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 51, 2 (2013).
  • Bath, J. "Tradition and Transparency: Why Book Design Still Matters in the Digital Age." Scholarly and Research Communication 1, 3 (2012).
  • 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 6, 2 (2012).
  • Alan Galey, Jon Bath, Rebecca Niles, Richard Cunningham, and the INKE team. "Imagining the Architectures of the Book: Textual Scholarship and the Digital Book Arts." Textual Cultures 7, 2 (2012): 20-42.
  • Bath, J. "Stanley Morison Against the Bauhaus." Hyphen – A Typographical Forum.