Dec 1st 2018

Explore the aesthetic and technological dimensions of typography and book design in Chicago, with an in-depth look at the Newberry’s collection of type specimens, book designs, and advertising.

Led by Paul F. Gehl, Curator Emeritus at the Newberry, and Tanner Woodford, Executive Director of the Chicago Design Museum, this event will feature a display of materials from the archives, a discussion, and a holiday card-making workshop.

From 9:30 to 11:30, participants will be able to view examples of Chicago’s rich contributions to the history of typography in the Newberry’s new climate-controlled seminar room.

At 10:00, Woodford and Gehl will lead a discussion on font and design history, featuring Newberry materials from the papers of designer and calligrapher Raymond F. Daboll; type designer Oswald Cooper, whose “Cooper Black” became the largest selling single type face in the late 1920s and 1930s; commercial lettering artist James Hayes; designer and print historian Douglas McMurtrie; graphic designer Robert Hunter Middleton; and printer and commercial artist Will Ransom.

Finally, at 11:00, audience members will have the opportunity to work with staff from the Chicago Design Museum to create holiday cards from words, letterforms, images, and handwriting reproduced from the collections discussed earlier.

Please note that space is limited and only those registered will be admitted to the card-making workshop.

This program is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy. Art Design Chicago is an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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