This two-day workshop will examine the influence of broad-pen calligraphy on type design in the Incunabula period and early 16th century. Following an overview of the connection between calligraphy and type in Europe between 1455 and 1520, students will learn how to use a broad-edged pen, and how to analyze manuscript hands. They will then apply this knowledge to a close examination and recreation of two scripts that shaped our roman and italic typefaces: a humanist bookhand (roman) and a cancellaresca corsiva (italic).
Note: This workshop is only open to students enrolled in the Type West Certificate Program in Type Design.
Paul Shaw is a calligrapher, designer and design historian. He taught calligraphy in New York-area design schools for 35 years. He has taught the history of type for the School of Visual Arts since 2000 and for UCLA's California Rare Book School since 2014. His writings include Helvetica and the New York City Subway System, Philip Grushkin: A Designer's Archive, The Calligraphic Tradition in Blackletter, and (with Peter Bain) Blackletter: Type and National Identity. Paul was the editor of the final two issues of Codex magazine and The Eternal Letter: Two Millennia of the Classical Roman Capital. He is the author of The Definitive Dwiggins blog. Paul has was a Rome Prize winner in 2002 and the recipient of the 2019 SoTA Typography Award.