Conference in Birmingham

Reg­is­tra­tion is open for a con­fer­ence at the Cen­tre for Print­ing His­to­ry and Cul­ture at Birm­ing­ham City Uni­ver­si­ty. Script, print, and let­ter­forms in glob­al con­texts: the visu­al and the mate­r­i­al will be held on Thurs­day 28 June and Fri­day 29 June, and more details of speak­ers etc, and book­ing details can be found on the […]

Programme on Gill and Johnston type

Marl Ovenden’s doc­u­men­tary on the Gill and John­ston type­faces was broad­cast on BBC4 on 31 July. It is avail­able on the iPlay­er for the next cou­ple of weeks through the BBC web­site.

Typography and design lecture

Gen Har­ri­son, Com­pos­i­tor and Prop­er­ty Man­ag­er at Robert Smail’s Print­ing Works, will take the audi­ence through the qual­i­ties and quirks of typog­ra­phy and graph­ic design before the days of desk top pub­lish­ing. Any­one who is thrilled by the use of a good type­face or appre­ci­ates graph­ic design as an art form will enjoy this fas­ci­nat­ing […]

Doves Press type recovered

Design­er Robert Green has been try­ing to recov­er the Doves Press type, thrown into the Thames at Ham­mer­smith Bridge by T J Cob­­den-Sander­­son in 1913, after a dis­pute with his for­mer busi­ness part­ner Emery Walk­er. Green has been able to recov­er about 150 pieces of type (the rest have been cov­ered on con­crete dur­ing repairs […]

Anniversary website celebrating Aldus Manutius

Manu­tius Net­work 2015 is a web­site, set up by the Con­sor­tium of Euro­pean Research Libraries, ded­i­cat­ed to the events for the cel­e­bra­tions of the fifth cen­te­nary of Aldus’s death in 2015. The aim is to pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture of the con­fer­ences, sem­i­nars and exhi­bi­tions in hon­our of Aldus, the Aldine press and its books […]

Do typefaces really matter?

The mag­a­zine sec­tion of the BBC web­site has an arti­cle dis­cussing of the effect on read­ers, of var­i­ous type­faces and fonts.