The MIT Museum recently published Countless Connecting Threads: MIT's History Revealed Through its Most Evocative Objects, a beautifully designed and printed 236-page book with over 550 images.
In 2011, in celebration of MIT's sesquicentennial anniversary, the MIT Museum exhibited 150 objects that chronicled MIT's development over 150 years. The museum commissioned Malcolm Grear Designers to create the visual identity for the MIT 150 Exhibition, design the exhibition, as well as the exhibition website, which provides various views and more in-depth information on each object in the exhibition. The studio was then asked to design the book, inspired by the MIT 150 Exhibition, to present the 150 objects.
Countless Connecting Threads is a unique collection of visual and written meditations about the making and meaning of MIT. It includes a preface by current MIT President L. Rafael Reif and a foreword by recent president Susan Hockfield. The book and the MIT150 Exhibition were curated by MIT Museum Curator of Science and Technology Deborah Douglas who wrote in the book's introduction that, "while the subjects of science and engineering are a general focus of the school, MIT has set the worldwide standard in these fields."
The book is organized into the same ten themes highlighted in the exhibition, such as “Pioneering MIT,” “Problem-Solving MIT,” “Bionic MIT,” “Uniquely MIT,” etc. Included in the 150 objects selected are many of the school's more popular items, like the Baker House Piano Drop and the Smoot Measuring Bar, to some of the lesser known objects like the Copenhagen Wheel, a device that transforms an existing bicycle into a hybrid with regeneration and real-time sensing capabilities.
The book, designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, was printed by Meridian Printing and bound by Acme Bookbinding.