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A beautiful dark heritage: a historical overview of blackletter in Mexican letterform culture
with Jesús Barrientos Mora

There is a constant presence of blackletter in the Mexican landscape that can be spotted everywhere from Tijuana down to Cozumel. In the shape of cholo graffiti, sign painting for birria taco spots, tequila ice cream, tattoo parlours, gravestone carving and a myriad of unapologetic cross-breed lettering displaying creative new styles of blackletter, becoming an essential part of México’s letterform culture.

This presentation will explore the (most probable) reasons behind how and why a mediaeval calligraphy style became so deep-rooted in México as a legacy spreading over 500 years.

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Mon, July 31, 2023

Where: Online

The Herb Lubalin Lectures are recorded and made available here and on Vimeo with the generous support of TypeCulture.

About Jesús Barrientos Mora

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Jesús Barrientos Mora is Associate Professor at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. Recipient of the Scaliger Fellowship (2014), author of the book Legado de los Elzevir (2017) and certified in Typeface Design (University of Reading, 2018), he has lectured in institutions like the Dublin Institute of Technology (2015), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2017) and the Sheffield Hallam University (2019). His typefaces are currently distributed through the Monotype channels and have been awarded by the Bienal Tipos Latinos, Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño, and Premios Clap, participating in many exhibitions across the Americas and Europe.