Journal of Design History

13 September 2021

A new Virtual Special Issue by the Journal of Design History; "Typographic Histories: Three Decades of Research"

We are proud to announce the publication of a new Virtual Special Issue by the Journal of Design History; Typographic Histories: Three Decades of Research !

Typographic Histories: Three Decades of Research went online in August. It takes the form of a selection of twelve articles published in the journal since 1989 that focus on typographic histories. We really enjoyed making the selection. It shows how the Journal has made a significant contribution to this area of study. The various aspects of the subject range from designing letterforms and manufacturing typefaces to putting those letterforms to use through various means, typesetting and letterpress printing, typewriting, collage, lithography and photocopying.

Woodtype at Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo letterpress printing shop

As well as the articles themselves, in the introductory essay we characterize the place of typographic histories within the wider field of design history by considering the available methods and models. Aware of the importance of experiencing actual designs, we also include a brief overview of the various kinds of archives and collections where the materials and objects of typography are held and can be studied.

Workers at Hennies Irmãos (Hennies Brothers) letterpress printing shop in São Paulo, c.1900 (from the Hennies family private collection)

To conclude, we invite future research and scholarship and suggest ways to expand the field and bring new understanding to the subject.

We hope you enjoy your reading.

Priscila L Farias and Jeremy Aynsley


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