Elizabeth Goodspeed


A collaborative project with the students in Ben Shaykin's Book Lab course. Each student was tasked with creating a spread (in one of two pre-determined sizes) on a book-related topic of their choice to include in a larger publication. For my spread, I focused on miniature books—the Stearns, Beede, Jencks Collection of Miniature Books at the RISD Fleet library in particular—and their use in the modern world. By comparing the dimensions, size, and content of the books to the history of the mobile phone, each is revealed as a symbolic totem for identity and engagement. The book includes an essay (which you can read here) that I authored about the topic, as well as historical information about each cell phone and book featured. All books and phones are to scale!