Drawing Letterforms: The Sans Serif
Registration for this workshop begins May 4th.
Two thousand years of the sans serif letter. From Republican Rome to the twenty first century, what is the fascination of this letterform? This year is special for the sans serif, it is 200 years since Caslon’s first printed sans and 100 since Johnston’s sans rolled out on the London underground. We look at this history and at several approaches to drawing letterforms. We will also learn from looking at the sans serif in other script systems.
About Ewan Clayton
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 in the USA and has been released in Spanish and Italian translations.