The first printers in western Europe relied on the manuscripts of the era for inspiration when constructing their typefaces and laying out their texts. In this four-day workshop, we will examine the calligraphic influences on the typefaces of the Incunabula Era. Students will learn how to use a chisel-edged pen to replicate both the Humanist minuscule and Chancery cursive scripts while analyzing the relationships with the early Italian typefaces each script spawned.
Note: This workshop is only open to students enrolled in the Type West Certificate Program in Type Design.
Rob Saunders, Letterform Archive’s Curator and Publisher, is a designer, teacher, publisher, and management consultant, who has collected graphic design and letterforms for over 40 years. Rob began his career teaching at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University, while serving freelance clients and agencies, before founding a book publishing enterprise that included Alphabet Press (graphic design), Picture Book Studio (children’s books), and Rabbit Ears Books (book/audio packages), which was eventually acquired by Simon & Schuster. Prior to founding Letterform Archive he served as a creative and marketing consultant with clients in the hospitality, technology, and financial industries.