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Type Design in Chinese Buddhism: Digital Revivals of Chinese Buddhist Manuscripts and Wood-plate Printings

Buddhism, as one of the major religions in China, has had a profound influence on various fields, including calligraphy arts. Even before the invention of printing technology, monks and believers started to copy Buddhist scriptures while reading them, both to show proof of faith and to spread Buddhism. Some of the scriptures were written on… Continue reading Type Design in Chinese Buddhism: Digital Revivals of Chinese Buddhist Manuscripts and Wood-plate Printings

When Better Letters Met Barbara Enright

‘When Better Letters Met…’ is a series of short films celebrating the lives and work of retired sign painters and lettering artists. In this, the fourth in the series, we profile Australian showcard and ticket writer Barbara Enright. The film will be followed by a live Q+A with Barbara.Session delivered in partnership with Better Letters.

Roots

Laura Serra’s imaginative work — made with pencil, ink, paint, pixels, or coffee — is derived from a wide array of influences: personal history, historical styles, and the natural world. Her talk will tell stories of how these diverse points of inspiration lifted her drawing hand in one way or another. She hopes to share… Continue reading Roots

Type Specimens

Referencing archival hand-lettering from the collection at the Wagner Institute of Science, Dermot Mac Cormack designed a digital font, Willison. This font is based on the labels by Charles Willison Johnson, one of the museum’s founding curators. While remaining true to the original, unique hand-lettering in the collection, the Willison font exists as its own… Continue reading Type Specimens

A Type of Cure for Homesickness

The most evident, residual, and evoking parts of our memories are visual. Visual culture sets the tone for our familiarities and habits. When you grow up in a country like India and walk along streets painted, glued, and fixed with whimsical Bollywood posters, the disproportionate, hand written signs become second nature to your visual memory.… Continue reading A Type of Cure for Homesickness