David Shields on Legacy of Letters

David Shields (Legacy of Letters 2012):

It is staggering to think this year is the 10th anniversary of my first Legacy of Letters trip! It was a marvelous way to see Italy, see letterforms in context, eat good food, and hang out with great people. I am surprised (though I suspect I shouldn’t be knowing Paul) by the impact that trip had on my thinking about typography and letterforms, and how much it changed the way I approach teaching typography and letterforms. Legacy of Letters remains a joyful memory and a lasting influence. I can’t recommend highly enough that you sign up for a tour!

Legacy of Letters 2012 participants looking at a manuscript cutting at the Fondazione Cini in Venice. David Shields is in front.


Legacy of Letters 2023 will take place from June 29 to July 12, 2023. It will include stops in Milano, Torino, Alpignano, Casteggio, Parma, Modena, Predappio, Venice, and Cornuda. We will visit five libraries/museums, five letterpress shops, one silkscreen shop, and the Tipoteca where we will have a multi-day letterpress workshop.