Preserving Graphic Design Process

Preserving Graphic Design Process
with Rob Saunders, Stephen Coles

Exhibition at TYPO Berlin
Thu–Sat, May 17–19, 2018
10:00am–8:00pm PT

Letterform Archive will participate this year at TYPO Berlin with a lecture and pop-up exhibit on preserving graphic design. We’re excited to bring a taste of the Archive to one of Europe’s top graphic design conferences.

Exhibition: Graphic Design Process: Analog Artifacts of Experimentation, Development, and Production

Thu, May 17, 2018, 11am–10pm; Tour at 9pm
Fri–Sat, May 18–19, 2018, 10am–6pm
HKW (House of World Cultures)
Upstairs, next to Hall auditorium entrance
Free and open to the public

The exhibition highlights the work designers produce on the way to final products, including sketches, comps, and mechanicals from designers like W. A. Dwiggins, Emigre, Philip Grushkin, Edward Johnston, Aaron Marcus, Herbert Matter, Piet Zwart. The exhibit can be seen in the main foyer of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures), which is open to the public throughout the conference. Join us for a guided tour on Thursday, May 17 at 9pm.

Lecture: Why Your Process Matters, and How to Preserve It

Sat, May 19, 2018, 6pm
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Graphic designers spend their days solving problems and dealing with clients. The last thing on their minds is preserving their work for posterity. Drawing on the collections of Letterform Archive – an institution focused entirely on graphic design, lettering, and typography – this talk will explore the delights of process material and its role in teaching students and inspiring designers. It will also explore the challenges of collecting and caring for process material, and recommend best practices for today’s designers to preserve their work.

About Rob Saunders
Rob Saunders

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.

About Stephen Coles
Stephen Coles portrait

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.

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