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Type in the 21st Century

An Exhibition in Leipzig

Posted by Gestalten—03/2013

The exhibition at the Museum of Print Art presents a diverse selection of type and letterform reflecting the radical changes that have taken place in the practice of typeface design since the digital revolution of the late century. During this time, type has completed its transition from an arcane craft, previously an adjunct of the printing trade, to a medium of experimentation and enquiry in an increasingly public market, democratised by the impact of digital design software.

The first part of the presentation shows the correspondent touring exhibition “Types for the New Century. An Exhibition of contemporary type design and typography” curated by Will Hill (Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge) for the Company of Stationers. It features about 90 outstanding typeface designs from around the world, with examples from the USA, Germany and the Netherlands and the UK. It includes work from over 14 countries of many internationally established designers (as Matthew Carter, Gerard Unger, Jonathan Barnbrook and Martin Majoor) as well as talented newcomers to the field. Though most of the designs have been originated or significantly updated in the first decade of this century, they reflect a range of stylistic traditions drawn from over 550 years of printed type, and in some cases from even earlier. 

Focusing type design made in Central Germany the second part of the exhibition shows type works from students and graduates of art academies as Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle/Saale (Saxony-Anhalt), Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Thuringia) and Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (Saxony). Fonts from around 15 type designers and numerous examples of use will be presented.