Letterforms Study Group

The Letterforms Study Group is the name for visits by small groups (10 people maximum) I lead to libraries, archives, museums, and private collections to study manuscripts, books, posters, and ephemera related to calligraphy, lettering, and type. These visits usually have themes such as wood type, color, women in design, modernism, or ornament.

Letterforms Study Group at the Tipoteca 2025—Wood Type Workshop Dates and Pricing

New Double Pica Script (without segments of Letters or Combinations) from Thorowgood”s Specimen of New Printing Types (London: Fann Street Foundry, 1834). Thorowgood’s text is a riposte to Firmin Didot and Edmund Fry who promoted script typefaces composed of strokes, double letters, and other parts. Image courtesy of Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
The workshop will take place from June 8 to June 15, 2025. This is the planned itinerary:
Day 0 | Sunday June 8—Milano
• Arrival
• Orientation
Day 1 …
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Letterforms Study Group at the Tipoteca 2025—Wood Type Workshop

Although Legacy of Letters came to an end with Legacy of Letters 2023: Letterpress Extravaganza, my engagement with letters inscriptional, calligraphic, and typographic in Italy is not over. In 2025 I will lead a workshop version of the Letterforms Study Group at the Tipoteca. The workshop will be focused on investigating an unidentified wood type (see below) in the Tipoteca’s collection.
Capitals (from left to right: B A / O N M  / Y Z) of the unidentified corsivo …
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