About the library
The phrase “a working library” refers to a collection of texts on a given subject, for the purpose of an academic or professional work. So, people speak of a working library on Proust, for example, or on psychotherapy. This working library differs in that the subject is reading itself: the library exists for its own sake and no other.
Of the many ideas at play here, the most significant is my belief that every book is connected to many other books, such that no book can or should be considered in isolation. When you read a book, you bring to it all the other books you’ve read (and been affected by), so your reading of it is necessarily unique. Furthermore, the act of reading predates the form of the book—and will most likely outlive it; as such, this site aims to explore the ways we read, and how they are changing.
Great book design is invisible; it gives form to the text such that you could imagine the words no other way. It makes a graceful entrance, and then disappears as you read. I have sought to achieve these same qualities with the design of this site, though I believe it has been an asymptotic approach. It is likely that I will experiment with the design as time goes by, such that neither the form nor the content of the site are immutable.
About the author
Mandy Brown is co-founder and CEO of Editorially, a new platform for collaborative writing and editing. She is also co-founder of A Book Apart, a former contributing editor for A List Apart, and the editor of many books, including The Shape of Design, by Frank Chimero. She previously served as communications director and product lead at Typekit and as creative director at the independent and employee-owned publisher, W. W. Norton & Company.
An accomplished writer and speaker, Mandy has spoken for Build, Confab, and AIGA/NY, TYPO SF and Beyond Tellerrand. She’s been interviewed by The Great Discontent and written for A List Apart and Contents, among others.
Mandy lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Keith, and spends her days at Studiomates.