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The Past is the Present with Paul Barnes

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The Cooper Union

41 Cooper Square (at East 7th Street)

The Rose Auditorium

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For over a decade Commercial Type have been designing and releasing contemporary typefaces; from modern classics like Graphik, Druk, Publico and Guardian through to more experimental faces like Orientation and Styrene. Some of them like Lyon and Portrait have been informed and inspired by the past, but not dominated by it. At the same time they have been searching through the vast archive that is St Bride Library, looking for hidden gems; designs long forgotten and no longer available. Rather than being modern interpretations where the designer leaves an obvious mark, they are careful reconstructions, made not for yesterday, but for today’s users. They take the old forms, and expand them in new directions, whilst retaining the charm and beauty of the originals.

Commercial Type partner, Paul Barnes will explain the project and will be joined for a Q & A session by partner Christian Schwartz, and designers Greg Gazdowicz and Tim Ripper.

Paul Barnes is a type and graphic designer, and a partner in Commercial Type, a leading Anglo-American type foundry. With his partner Christian Schwartz he designed the famed typefaces for the Guardian newspaper in 2005 and recently revisited them for the 2018 redesign. He has designed typefaces for a wide range of clients, from the National Trust to the numbers on Puma and Umbro Football shirts. His retail typefaces include Publico (with Christian Schwartz), Dala Floda and Austin. Commercial Type have recently launched a second venture Commercial Classics, releasing new versions of long lost classic typefaces.
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