Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Type Americana Conference

Some of the nation's best type designers, historians and educators of typography will be assembled at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle for the two day type conference, Type Americana on November 12th/13th. The conference focuses on American Type Design and celebrates the work of Morris Fuller Benton, W.C. Dwiggins, Frederic Goudy and Beatrice Warde. In addition, Thomas Phinney will discuss The Rise & Fall of American Type Founders, which for decades was the largest and greatest supplier of type in the US. Saturday provides the opportunity to get ink on your hands and print with some wood blocks from the Hamilton Wood Type collection in SVCs wonderful print studio. Or hand draw and digitize some letters under the guidance of one of the greats of type design, Sumner Stone. Bookend the conference at a showing of the documentary film about the making of the first simultaneous production of a metal and digital font – Stern Pro. Learn, have fun, and immerse yourself in all things type at Type Americana. More information and registration can be found here. To learn more about the film, Making Faces, and to watch a preview, see my previous post here.

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