Edward Johnston: Calligraphy & Type Design
with Ewan Clayton
Tue., Mar. 15 – Tue., Mar. 15, 2016
6:00PM – 7:30PM
location: Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch
The dialogue between the calligrapher and the designer of type has been significant from the earliest days of print. Ewan looks at some of the issues raised through the lens of the life and work of Edward Johnston whose block letter type for the London Underground celebrates its centenary in 2016.
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Ewan is a calligrapher and part-time Professor in Design at The University of Sunderland where he co directs the International Calligraphy Research Centre. He grew up associated with a community of craftsmen at Ditchling in Sussex founded by Eric Gill. Ewan has enjoyed a varied professional career working as both a calligraphy teacher and a consultant to Xerox PARC, and he is currently a core faculty member at the Royal Drawing School in London. In 2013 he was awarded the first Karl-Georg Hoefer prize by The Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor for his work in calligraphy and education. His book on the history of calligraphy and typography The Golden Thread is out in paperback this year in the USA and has recently been released in Spanish and Italian translations.