Join Bruce Kennett as he discusses his newly published work W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design, the first comprehensive biography to be written about renowned graphic designer, illustrator, and commercial artist William Addison Dwiggins. Kennett – an author, book designer, and photographer – has admired Dwiggins’ work since 1972, and he will chronicle the myriad accomplishments of this quiet and humble man: typeface design, marionettes, book design, calligraphy, kite-making, illustration, furniture design, theatrical sets and lighting, all of them suffused with WAD’s humor, color sense, and joyful spirit.
Much of Kennett’s research was conducted at the BPL’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Department, where the W.A. Dwiggins collection is housed.
Boston Public Library
Rabb Lecture Hall
Central Library in Copley Square
700 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02116
Free and open to the public.
Book designer, photographer, and teacher Bruce Kennett lives in rural New England. After earning a B.A. in humanities and working as an architect and printer, he moved to Austria to study calligraphy and book design with Friedrich Neugebauer, and later translated Neugebauer’s The Mystic Art of Written Forms. During the 1980s, he was the managing director of Maine’s renowned Anthoensen Press, and since then has maintained his own studio working with clients such as the Folger Shakespeare Library, Boston College Law School, the Grolier Club, L.L. Bean, and the Mount Washington Observatory. In the peaceful surroundings of his country studio, Bruce designs illustrated books and exhibition graphics, and makes large-scale murals of his photographs.
Bruce has collected the work of W. A. Dwiggins since 1972, and has been writing and lecturing about him since 1980. His comprehensive biography, W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design, captures the inspiring accomplishments and wit of this amazing artist.