Events

A Brief Typographic Trip Around the World

A Brief Typographic Trip Around the World
with Stephen Coles

Online Lecture
Presented by the Center for Book Arts
Thu, Mar 19, 2020
3:30pm–5:30pm PDT
Coronavirus update: Letterform Archive and our partners are taking proactive steps that will help to protect our community. This seminar will now take place online. Register below to get a link to the webinar.

Letterform Archive is honored to participate in Between Heritage and Modernity, a series of seminars dedicated to Arabic type design and typography, curated by Dr. Nadine Chahine.

The theme of the series revolves around concepts of modernity in Arabic type design, the heritage of Arabic letterforms in the context of current technologies, contemporary Arabic branding design, and the history of Arab graphic design. The series brings together renowned designers working with Arabic type, both from the U.S. and the Middle East.

For the final panel discussion on March 19, Technology and Heritage, Letterform Archive’s Editorial Director and Associate Curator Stephen Coles will present highlights from the Archive’s growing collection of global writing systems, including manuscripts, type specimens, and other typographic artifacts. Arabic examples will include commentary from experts Dr. Nadine Chahine and Dr. Mamoun Sakkal.

Dr. Sakkal will also participate in this session with a lecture on Calligraphy, Type, Image: A Journey into Arabic Script and Erich Scheichelbauer, of the font editing software Glyphs, will join Dir. Chahine to present Technology and the Arabic Script.

Learn more about the series at the Center for Book Arts, and register (for free!) to access the Technology and Heritage webinar below:

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About Stephen Coles
Stephen Coles portrait

Stephen “Stewf” Coles, Letterform Archive’s Associate Curator & Editorial Director, joined the staff after serving on our Board of Directors since its inception. Born in Salt Lake City, he moved to San Francisco in 2004 to serve as FontShop’s creative director. He later worked as an independent consultant, connecting font makers with font users, and wrote the book The Anatomy of Type. With his background in design and journalism, combined with an obsession for type history, Stephen is responsible for the online face and voice of the Archive, and helps to shape the future of the collection. He continues to publish the influential websites Typographica and Fonts In Use.