Online Core: A History of Writing

Online Core: A History of Writing
with Ewan Clayton

Type West Certificate Program
Online Workshop at Letterform Archive
Wed, Feb 2, – Wed, Apr 13, 2022
9:00am–11:00am PT

Instructor Ewan Clayton will deliver a series of lectures that outline a history of writing from 3500 BCE onward, focusing on the Roman writing system with reference to parallel developments and influences.

Learning Outcomes
  • Familiarity with writing as the ecology of written forms that has always employed multiple materials, technologies, and genres.
  • Critical appreciation of the history of the Roman alphabet as an interrelated and ongoing process.
  • Identify some of the significant forces that drive change in the development of letterforms.
  • Gain a deeper appreciation of how writing and letter design can be understood as an embodied practice that relates to wider cultural concerns and constructs.

Note: This workshop is only open to students enrolled in the Type West Online Postgraduate Certificate Program in Type Design.

About Ewan Clayton

Ewan Clayton is a calligrapher, writer and teacher. He runs his lettering studio at Brighton, Sussex, in the UK. He works part-time as Professor in Design at the University of Sunderland and is a core faculty member at the Royal Drawing School in London. His book on the history of writing The Golden Thread was published by Atlantic in 2013 and it has since been translated into a number of languages. In 2019 he acted as the external advisor to The British Library's exhibition Writing: Making Your Mark and edited the accompanying book. He teaches calligraphy for type design at The Cooper Union and also on the MA program at the University of Reading in the UK.

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