Join us for our Salon Series, where Letterform Archive staff invite you to experience materials related to a specific topic of interest to the Collection.
Type specimens have become highly sought-after ephemera, not only among type and graphic designers, but all kinds of researchers and collectors of culture. The Archive is building one of the largest and most accessible collections of type specimens in the world. In 2015 we acquired the collection of the late Dutch publisher Jan Tholenaar, dramatically increasing our holdings of foundry publications, both bound catalogs and ephemera.
What makes type specimens so appealing? What do they tell us about the history of type marketing and production? How did they reshape graphic design and inform the use of specific typefaces? How are contemporary designers using and learning from them? Explore these topics and see first-hand some of the most striking and rare examples from the Archive collection.
You’ll also get a chance to take original type specimens home with you. We’ll be selling deaccessioned duplicates from the collection.
Doors at 6:00pm. Presentation begins promptly at 6:30pm.
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.