Type@Cooper - The Lexicon of Power

The Lexicon of Power

with Grendl Löfkvist

Tue., Feb. 06 – Tue., Apr. 10, 2018
6:30PM – 8:30PM
location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Political upheaval, consolidation of power, changes in social structure, and challenges to the status quo have often impacted the design world as well, and have resulted in modifications of scripts and typefaces. In this course we will analyze the role of letterforms in the service of political power or in formulating challenges to that power.

Instructor: Grendl Löfkvist

The Lexicon of Power
Grendl Löfkvist is an instructor in the Visual Media Design Department at City College of San Francisco, where she teaches the history of graphic design, bookbinding and book arts, calligraphy, and letterpress printing. She also offers a variety of courses at the San Francisco Center for the Book, including blackletter calligraphy, traditional letterpress printing, and the history and practice of printing with wood type.

Löfkvist was a press operator for 13 years at Inkworks Press in Berkeley, a collectively owned, politically progressive offset printing company that just recently closed its doors. She does letterpress and printmaking work under the imprints of Red Star Agitprop and Cloven Hoof Press, and she is currently the President of the American Printing History Association's Northern California Chapter.

Her interests include the study of printing as a subversive “Black Art,” and she is always on the lookout for bizarre, unusual, or macabre print and type lore.