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May 28, 2019

The Archive at LetterWest & Typographics

We’re on the road this June, meeting friends and breaking news at conferences in Salt Lake City and New York City.

Noordzij, The Stroke, pen diagram
Pen diagrams from Gerritt Noordzij’s The Stroke will be among several reproductions on display in The Art of Lettering Instruction at LetterWest.

We’re thrilled to be part of the inaugural LetterWest Conference, held June 6–8 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event evolved from the huge demand for LetterWest’s intimate retreats. It’s one of the few gatherings in the world dedicated exclusively to the craft of hand lettering, with workshops and talks from the likes of Ken Barber, Martina Flor, Lauren Hom, and Erik Marinovich. The Archive will show a small exhibit in the main stage area, The Art of Lettering Instruction, 1716–2016, featuring writing books, lettering manuals, and original pedagogical material from our collection. We’ll also have a few vintage lettering books and type specimens from our shop, so you can take a bit of the Archive home with you.

Update: The LetterWest Market is open to the public on Saturday, June 8, 9am–1pm so you can visit our booth even if you’re not registered for the conference.

David Kindersley
David Kindersley’s Variations on the theme of twenty-six letters, a small booklet of color lithographs from 1969, is one of the rare duplicates we’re bringing to our LetterWest shop.
Mistral specimen, 1955
A 1950s specimen of Mistral is one of the many on offer at LetterWest and Typographics.

The following week we’ll be at Cooper Union in New York for Typographics, “a design festival for people who use type”. For the third straight year we’ll have a booth at the Book Fair, June 15–16, where we’ll sell duplicates from our collection of type foundry ephemera to support our ongoing preservation and digitization efforts. We can’t think of a better place to find homes for these pamphlets of typographic wonder than Typographics.

The Occasional
The Occasional is an oversize update to our mini intro brochure, with news about the Archive and the collection. Sign up to get yours.

The two events will also be the first opportunity to see our latest printed update, hot off the press. Designed by James Goggin and Shan James at Practise, The Occasional is a highly visual retelling of the Archive’s growth and impact over the last two years. The package includes some huge, late-breaking Archive news that we can’t yet reveal here. To get a copy delivered directly to you, make sure you’re on our mailing list.

See you in SLC and NYC!