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Chicago Style: Typography and the City

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A discussion and holiday card-making workshop

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.

9:30 - 11:30 am Display of Materials from the Archives, ITW Seminar Room (just west of Ruggles Hall)

On view will be examples from Chicago’s rich contributions to the history of typography.

10 am Discussion, Ruggles Hall

Paul F. Gehl, Curator Emeritus at the Newberry, and Tanner Woodford, Executive Director of the Chicago Design Museum, will provide historical depth to what we utilize every day: the fonts on our computer. What is a font, and how did it come into being? What role did Chicago play in font design?

To answer these questions, Woodford and Gehl will describe materials from the Newberry collection, including 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.

11 am Holiday Card-Making Workshop, Baskes and Rettinger Halls

Overseen by staff from the Chicago Design Museum, audience members will have the opportunity to create holiday cards from words, letterforms, images, and handwriting reproduced from the collections discussed earlier.

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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, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

People with disabilities and other accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, email publicprograms@newberry.org at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.


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