Join us for our Salon Series, where Letterform Archive staff invites you to experience materials related to a specific topic of interest to the collection.
A typeface is one of the few products that can continue to serve its purpose centuries after it was made. The Archive is filled with examples of fonts and letters that were resurrected in surprising ways. See firsthand how ornamental styles of the Victorian era got a groovy new life in the 1970s, how Marcel Duchamp appropriated a 19th-century French alphabet almost exactly 100 years after it first appeared, how Emigre’s fonts reconstructed historical types for a new digital world, and more.
Stephen 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 will continue to publish the influential websites Typographica and Fonts In Use which will now frequently feature content from the Archive.