Archive for February, 2016

Time to spare? Watch some great type videos!

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

ScottClemonsThis link will take you to Scott Clemons talking about Aldus Manutius. There are many more, all captures from talks made at “Type at Cooper” events. Aldus
–Bob McCamant

Call for Paper Proposals: “The Song of the Sans Serif”

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The Birmingham folks have another conference planned for this September (Specifically, September 30) and they’d like to hear from you if you have research or knowledge to report on the topic of sans serif typography. Deadline for proposals is February 29, leap day.

The Conference organizers, Professor Caroline Archer and David Osbaldestin, invite contributions from academics, research students, independent scholars and practitioners working in the realms of printing history and culture, typography and type design, social and industrial history and other related topics. Please send a suggested title, synopsis (200 words) and biography (100 words) via a Word attachment to both: and by 29 February 2016.

This is how they conceive of the subject: “From printing types to digital typography the sans serif resonates across both page and screen; and from the advent of Caslon IV’s Two Lines English Egyptian in 1816* to the present day the voice of the sans serif has greatly influenced communication. In the nineteenth-century the sans serif sang out from billboards competing for attention through the smog of industrialised cities; with the advent of the railways it forged an unique relationship with transport and it became the face of the information age the indispensable choice for tabular matter. In the twenty-first century, with the emergence of new vernacular types, the sans serif continues to speak within contemporary advertising and user-experience design. In October 2016, the Centre for Printing History and Culture is celebrating 200 years of the sans serif through a one-day symposium and accompanying exhibition. Speakers are invited to address aspects of the world-wide development, use and impact of the sans serif from the nineteenth century and beyond.”

Keynote speakers have already be engaged for the conference. They are:

John A. Lane is a historian of printing types, typefounding and type specimens, also specialising in analytical bibliography, paper and watermarks. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his typographic research in 2006 and his many books and articles discuss the history of printing types from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. His most recent book, The Diaspora of Armenian Printing 1512-2012 was published by the University of Amsterdam in 2012.

Professor James Mosley teaches the history of letterforms and typography at the University of Reading. He was librarian of the St Bride Library from 1958 until his retirement in 2000. He has written and lectured in several countries on the history of letter forms and printing types, and the technical and cultural influences that have shaped them.

–Bob McCamant

Book Club of California announces award recipients and ceremony

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

WagenerHeadshotThe Book Club of California has named the recipients of the 2016 Oscar Lewis Awards: our own wood engraver Richard Wagener, for his “contributions to the Book Arts,” and scholar James Karman, for his contributions to Western History. Past Book Arts winners include Harry and Sandra Reese, Carolee Campbell, Clifford Burke, Johanna Drucker, and many others.

The 2016 Oscar Lewis Awards Ceremony will be held at the Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, March 28. Admission is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP to

–Bob McCamant

Hertzog Award winners announced

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

The Friends of the University Library of The University of Texas at El Paso have selected the winners of the 15th Carl Hertzog Award for excellence in book design.

Taking the top honor was Loom, a book designed by Richard Wagener and David Pascoe of California. Judges also selected On Physical Lines, designed by Sara Langworthy of Iowa City, Iowa as first runner-up.

Second runner-up was Two Lives, designed by Kimberly Maher of Coralville, Iowa. Honorable mention went to “An Alphabet of Sorts” designed by Jennifer Farrell, and “Anatomia Botanica” (in its deluxe edition) designed by Radha Pandey.

The announcement ran in the El Passo Herald Post.

This is the page for Loom, but it is sold out.

This is the page for On Physical Lines, which will be reviewed in Parenthesis 31, out in the fall.

–Bob McCamant