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Indigenous Font Design and the Ripple Effect

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  • Led By Juliet Shen
  • Where SFPL Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Ten years ago I designed a font for a very small group of Lushootseed speakers at the forefront of the language revitalization effort in their tribal community. This talk is about the design decisions I made and the sometimes surprising repercussions affecting the use of the font in the years since. It is about the various communities of people brought together by the ripple effects of throwing this small pebble into a small pond that is, like all small things, connected to a larger ecosystem.

This event is part of the Letterform Lecture series, co-presented by Type@Cooper West and the San Francisco Public Library, and sponsored by Adobe Typekit.

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