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.
Big, bold, and brash, nothing grabs attention quite like wood type. With the Industrial Revolution came mass production, urbanism, and advertising, demanding typefaces that could fill posters and engage audiences. Supplementing metal casting with wood-cut letters allowed type manufacturers to push size, weight, width, and ornamentation to dramatic extremes. In our next Salon, Associate Curator Stephen Coles will explore the Archive’s collection of wood type specimens, from colorful chromatics to wacky oddities, along with the ways wood type has been used and revived over the last two centuries.
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.