Chicago Style: Typography and the City

Date(s) - 12/01/18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Newberry Library

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Newberry Library

Chicago Style: Typography and the City

Sat, December 1, 2018 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

A discussion and holiday card-making workshop

Explore the aesthetic and technological dimensions of typography and book design in Chicago, with an in-depth look at the Newberry’s collection of type specimens, book designs, and advertising.


Paul Gehl, Curator Emeritus at the Newberry, and Tanner Woodford, Executive Director of the Chicago Design Museum, will provide historical depth to what we utilize every day: the fonts on our computer. What is a font, and how did it come into being? What role did Chicago play in font design?

Holiday Card-Making Workshop

Overseen by staff from the Chicago Design Museum, audience members will have the opportunity to create holiday cards from words, letterforms, images, and handwriting reproduced from the collections discussed earlier.

This program is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.