Posts Tagged ‘typography’


February 19, 2009


A show and tell with letter designer and book artist Russell Maret; part of the Society of Scribes’ 2009 annual meeting. Event co-sponsored by APHA-New York and the Type Directors Club.

Thursday, Februrary 26, 6-8 pm
Type Directors Club
347 West 36th Street, Suite 603 (between 8th & 9th Aves.)
New York City

Admission $10/$5 students
* FREE for members of APHA-New York, the Society of Scribes, and the Type Directors Club.


Paul Shaw to lecture at King Library

October 22, 2008

The King Library Press’s Fall Seminar in Graphic Design will host New
York design historian and lettering artist Paul Shaw, of the Parsons
School of Design.

Shaw will speak on Friday evening, 14 November at 7:00 p.m., on “The
Books of WAD,” an account of the work of the witty artist and book
designer W. A. Dwiggins — who invented the phrase “graphic designer.”
Dwiggins was a type designer for the Mergenthaler Linotype Co., and UK
possesses an important archive of his work.  The celebrity Dwiggins’s
boss was C. H. Griffith, of Lexington, Vice-President of Linotype
Corp. in New York, whose papes are in Special Collections here.

On Saturday, 15 November, Paul Shaw will conduct a calligraphy
workshop at the King Library Press.  See the web site for details and
register soon. Participation is limited.

Paul Shaw’s clients include Revlon, Avon, Clairol, Lord & Taylor,
Campbell Soup, and Mattel (Barbie).  Join us for an interesting
weekend in the graphic arts with Paul Shaw!

See more on the web at

The King Library Press, founded in 1956, is devoted to the tradition
of fine printing and produces books and broadsides. Typesetting,
printing, and binding are all done at the Press located in the King
Library on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Kentucky.

Face the Nation

September 6, 2008

Face The Nation
Minnesota Center for Book Arts

On display July 12 through September 21, 2008
Opening reception Saturday, July 12, 6-9pm
What role did typefaces play in the modernist milieu of Weimar Germany, or under the Nazi Third Reich? How did a new type design support Ireland’s independence from Britain? What did aspirational names like “Futura” and “Univers” mean? Discover “the last great era of metal type” at Face The Nation, on display at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Co-presented by MCBA and the University of St. Thomas, this historical exhibition investigates how the desire to reinforce, redefine or transcend national identities shaped the design of typefaces between 1900 and 1960, an era of two world wars and unprecedented cultural transition. The exhibition includes a number of case studies, showing original printed examples, historical curiosities and objects from the printing trade.

Two coordinating exhibitions feature the work of two contemporary designers, Romäno Hanni (Switzerland) and Erik Brandt (U.S), who explore typography in contemporary graphic design and new challenges in designing for global markets and cross-cultural messaging. Alongside the exhibitions, MCBA and University of St. Thomas will be hosting a number of presentations, workshops, panel discussions and even a film screening to provide multiple opportunities for the public to engage these topics.