The St Bride Foundation and Library hosts a variety of print-related lectures, exhibitions and talks throughout the year, as well as talks and conferences on everything from poster design to handwriting, resulting in an exciting and vibrant series of events running the whole year round.
Telling Stories with Pictures
Books without words encourage the viewer to attempt a purely visual form of ‘reading’. This can be both demanding, as you have to work hard to ‘decode’ the pictures, and rewarding, as you ultimately become a ‘co-creator’ of the story. The real pleasure of these books for me, though, is that they provide the opportunity to immerse myself fully in the richness of the images, which are frequently quite stunning.
Where does the art go? Making art in the public realm
Mark Titchner’s work involves an exploration of the tensions between the different belief systems that inform our society, be they religious, scientific or political. Focusing on an exploration of words and language, in recent years much of his production has been based in the public realm both in the UK and internationally. These public works have often been created from extended group activities. In this talk he will present a number of approaches to making art in the public realm with projects that vary from large permanent commissions to those produced in closed psychiatric units.
Jan Tschichold and the New Typography
During the 1920s Jan Tschichold began corresponding with many emerging graphic designers throughout Europe and the Soviet Union, offering to exchange works or requesting examples of adverts, posters and letterheads.What began as a means of educating himself in the principles of modern design, developed into a comprehensive survey collection of progressive graphics in Europe.
The Justin Howes Memorial Lecture: The Commanded Letter: writing, engraving, and typography in 18th Century London
Between the 1690s and mid-18th Century, English writing masters, mostly based in London in the environs of St Paul's Cathedral, collaborated with engravers to define a rich textual aesthetic parallel to and in tension with contemporary trends in typography. This aesthetic commanded, among other things, the invention of a new style of ‘print’ letter: a neoclassical roman that would not find typographic expression until John Baskerville’s types of the 1750s. By that date, this ‘English Roman’ had become a standard part of a writing master’s repertoire, explored in a wide range of weights, sizes, and constructions. In this heavily illustrated talk, John Hudson looks at the genesis of this style, and the aesthetic, social, and technological contexts in which it developed.