Type Americana 2

Type Americana 2, a conference devoted to the history of American type design, will take place May 4–6 at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, Washington. It will include talks by Paul F. Gehl, Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation at the Newberry Library, on Robert Hunter Middleton and Douglas McMurtrie, two of the key figures behind the type design program at Ludlow Typograph; Cathleen A. Baker on the Roycroft career of papermaker and paper historian Dard Hunter; Frank Brannon, Jr. on type and the Cherokee language; Nancy Sharon Collins on engraving and its relationship to type; and myself on Oswald Cooper, lettering genius and designer of the eponymous Cooper Black. A panel of Richard Kegler of P22, Steve Matteson of Monotype Imaging and Thom Phinney of Extensis will discuss the revival of vintage American typefaces. And finally, there will be two workshops: one on wood engraving and iron handpress printing led by Carl Montford and one on lettering conducted by Sumner Stone. To learn more about Type Americana 2 and to sign up for this fun and informative weekend go to the conference website. Or call 206 / 623-1560. There are discounts for AIGA members and students.

“All advertising is read by tired people”; handlettered advertisement by Oswald Cooper for Cooper Black

Type Americana, the brainchild of Juliet Shen, was first held in 2010 with talks on Linn Boyd Benton by Patricia Cost, Morris Fuller Benton by Shen, American Type Founders by Thomas Phinney, Frederic W. and Bertha Goudy by Steve Matteson, W.A. Dwiggins by myself, Shelley Gruendler on Beatrice Warde, and Sumner Stone on the early days at Adobe. Stone led a lettering workshop and the brothers Moran (Bill and Jim) oversaw a tremendously enjoyable wood type printing workshop.