Monotype reveals the 'Beauty in the Making' of our well-loved fonts
Posted by: Monotype Imaging
Date added: Fri 13 Apr 2012
To the general public, typography is a largely invisible, yet omnipresent, feature of the modern world. To designers, it is at least a key tool of the trade, and at most an idolised icon of design. But very few genuinely appreciate the craft in type creation. Monotype Imaging has been leading the way in the technical and aesthetic craft of type-making for over 100 years. But the creative processes involved, whether human, mechanical or digital, have remained largely hidden or misunderstood.
The overall vision of 'Beauty in the Making' is to celebrate the artistry in creative processes, and in line with this, Monotype's contribution will include talks by experts in the world of typographic generation and beautiful physical exhibits of type craft. An exclusive highlight will be the unveiling of original signed artwork from the Gill Sans archive. These rare artefacts have never been seen outside the Monotype library, let alone released into the public domain.
The five day event from 23rd – 27th April, which is also supported by the publication It’s Nice That and The British Council’s Architecture, Design and Fashion Department. Live demonstrations, workshops installations and talks by artisans and exponents will bring to life the creative processes which continue to excite and enlighten communities around the globe.
In order to celebrate the history and legacy of typography, an exclusive European premiere of Doug Wilson’s “Linotype: The Film” a feature-length documentary film centred around the Linotype typecasting machine invented by Ottmar Mergenthaler in 1886, will be showing on Thursday 26th April at 6pm.
Both events will be held at the Victoria House Basement, a 22,000 sq.ft. venue in Bloomsbury, where raw ceilings and exposed brick walls will provide an appropriately industrial backdrop.
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