Doug Clouse explores connections between typography and tectonic crafts, those that build by the accumulation of similar units. Typewriter art, food cart signs, letterpress printing, type design, needle work, weaving, bricklaying, and mosaics reveal similar creative impulses that are not well understood. We respect some of these crafts as useful, consider some to be mindless pastimes, and associate some with gender. For insight into tectonic crafts, Clouse examines ideas from architects and educators, including the writing of 19th-century architect Gottfried Semper and studies of play by primary school teachers. These insights offer context and affirmation for type designers and other craftspeople.
Doug Clouse is a graphic designer and teacher who lives in New York City. He wrote MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan: Typographic Tastemakers of the Late Nineteenth Century, and co-wrote The Handy Book of Artistic Printing with Angela Voulangas.