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Reading Time: An overview of horological typography

This presentation will introduce many of the trends and styles of horological typography, highlighting specific examples of popular numerals as well as introducing typographic oddities. The use of typographic elements on horological devices has existed for thousands of years ranging from engravings on Byzantine sundials to the pad-printed typography of mass-produced wristwatches, to the pixel displays on smartwatches. The context of timepieces has led to many typographic styles that are specialised and thus distinct from letters printed on the pages of a book or poster. Beyond stylistic focus, the presentation will also investigate some of the technical elements of the creation of horological typography.

Lee Yuen-Rapati

Lee Yuen-Rapati

Lee Yuen-Rapati is a watch designer and illustrator currently based in London, UK. He studied in the MaTD programme at the University of Reading in 2018 and has since gone on to work in the watch industry as a designer with a focus in type design. He has been a member of the Academy for the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève since 2020, and currently works for Fears Watch Company.

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