When we think about typography and film, its titles quickly come to mind. On second thought we recall the inter-title cards of silent films and subtitles used to translate foreign-language cinema. There’s also typographically-endowed props like books, signage, magazines, and screen interfaces. But what about typography that’s part of the story-telling repertoire where words dressed in their letterform costumes help to advance the plot? This presentation will survey how type has appeared in film historically and offer a glimpse into its increasingly starring role in cinematic narratives for screens large and small.
Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and design educator. She is faculty and former program director of the Graphic Design Program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Her book, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, published in late 2014, received international laudatory attention including the 2015 Palm D’argent from The International Art Book and Film Festival. Her current book, A Colorful Life: Gere Kavanaugh, Designer, co-written and designed with Kat Catmur, was published this spring by Princeton Architectural Press. Louise's work and writing have been published extensively and her work is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and completed post-graduate studies at the Jan van Eyck Ackademie in The Netherlands.