Exploring the Sans Serif in Birmingham

If I weren’t planning to be in New Castle Delaware, USA, on September 30 for the start of Oak Knoll Fest, I’d certainly consider taking in the program on offer across the pond in Birmingham, England.

The list of speakers sounds fascinating: Professor James Mosley, University of Reading, Primitive types – the search continues; John A. Lane, Netherlands, New dates for the earliest sans serif printing types: the evidence from the type specimens; Chiara Barbieri, Royal College of Art, London, UK, The resonance of sans serif within and beyond the Scuola del Libro in Milan, 1933-43; Robin Fuller, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Grotesque terminology; Jessica Glaser, University of Wolverhampton/Birmingham City University, UK, ‘Block letters of blockheads’; Jon Melton, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, Revolting sans; Sebastien Morlighem, Ecole superieure d’art et de design, Amiens, France, Nineteenth century sans serif typefaces in France; David Osbaldestin, Birmingham City University, UK, The sans serif in Britain: development, deployment and influence; Ann Pillar, University of Reading, UK, ‘Decoration but not decoration’ Edward Wright’s sans serif letterforms for public buildings, Vaibhav Singh, University of Reading, UK, The ‘sans serif’ beyond Latin?: Univers and the New Nagari project.

The program printed more attractively here. And though it is a free event, you should visit this page to acquire tickets.

–Bob McCamant

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