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The Proliferation of 19th (and 20th) Century Wood Type and its Impact on Typographic Norms

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The Proliferation of 19th (and 20th) Century Wood Type and its Impact on Typographic Norms

David Shields Lecture at the Koret Auditorium, SFPL Main Library

100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, 94102
(415) 557-4400

“…running from one falling star to another…” (Kerouac, 1957)

Throughout the nineteenth (and early twentieth) century the proliferation of wood type played an integral role in the creation of American visual culture. With the introduction in 1827 of innovative production techniques, affording low cost and the proliferation of a wide range of styles and sizes, wood type gave tremendous impetus to job printing and mass advertising.

This event is part of the Letterform Archive Lecture series, co-presented byType@Cooper West and the San Francisco Public Library, and sponsored byAdobe Typekit.

David Shields is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

He is currently focusing his research on 19th century typographic form and visual culture arising from investigations of Rob Roy Kelly’s American Wood Type Collection. He keeps a slow blog of his research at Wood Type Research.