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The Wisdom of Fonts

May 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Designing Typefaces

From the centuries-old Garamond to the 20th-century classic Helvetica

We encounter hundreds of typefaces every day, from the centuries-old Garamond to the 20th-century classic Helvetica, and new designs are consistently introduced, reflecting changing tastes and needs. Leading designers Jonathan Barnbrook, Lara Captan and Jeremy Tankard talk to Catherine Dixon about their processes in a celebration of fonts.

In association with Graphic Communication Design, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

At the Knowledge Centre of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Tickets £12 / concessions

This event is inspired by the British Library exhibition Writing: Making your Mark which runs from 26th April to 27th August 2019.

Discover the extraordinary story behind one of humankind’s greatest achievements, through more than 100 objects spanning 5,000 years and seven continents. Follow the remarkable evolution of writing from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs carved in stone and early printed text such as William Caxton’s edition of The Canterbury Tales, to the art of note-taking by some of history’s greatest minds, and onwards to the digital communication tools we use today.

Further information on the British Library website

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May 31, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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