Want to hear my thoughts on digigraphic lettering? Well, you’re in luck! On Wednesday, November 13, I’ll be giving a lecture titled, “Character Traits; or, Can the Twentieth Century Please End?” as part of the Type@Cooper Lecture Series at Cooper Union, New York City, 6:30pm. The talk is free and open to the public, but you need to register to attend.
On November 9 I will be delivering the Saturday keynote, Smashing the Crystal Goblet: A Reappraisal of Legibility for Contemporary Private Press Books, at the Hamilton Woodtype & Printing Museum Wayzgose in beautiful Two Rivers, Wisconsin. The weekend includes talks and demonstrations by type designers, letterpress printers, woodtype manufacturers, and scholars from far and wide. Register today.
I’ll be speaking about Peter Koch’s work at the Grolier Club on October 2, beginning at 6pm, with a reception to follow. The talk coincides with Peter’s 45 year retrospective and is free and open to the public. 47 East 60th Street, between Park and Madison, New York City.
I have a few events scheduled for this fall:
September 7 • Join me and a jolly group of printers & bibliophiles at the Whittington Open Day & Presstival, Whittington Court, off the A40 outside of Cheltenham, 12:30 pm
September 17 • Join me to celebrate the publication of Character Traits at Maggs Bros., 48 Bedford Square, London, 6:30–9 pm
October 2 • “Against Design: The Work of Peter Koch,” a lecture with reception to coincide with the exhibit, “Embodied Language and the Form of the Book: Peter Koch, Printer. A Forty-five Year Retrospective” at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York City, 6 pm. Open to the public.
October 18 & 19 • I’ll be on two panels at the symposium “The Codex Effect,” at the Grolier Cub, 47 East 60th Street, New York City. Currently sold out.
November 9 • Lecture “Smashing the Crystal Goblet: A Reappraisal of Legibility for Contemporary Private Press Books” at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum annual Wayzgoose in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Register Today!
November 13 • Finally, I’ll be giving a lecture titled, “Character Traits; or, Can the Twentieth Century Please End?” as part of the Type@Cooper Lecture Series at Cooper Union, New York City, 6:30pm. Register today!
I’ve written a blog post about finishing Character Traits for the University of Utah’s Marriott Library/Red Butte Press blog. Take a look here!
Two recent talks of mine are now available online. The first was delivered at the Library of Congress in January, “Hiccups, Trip-Ups, and Total Disasters: Thoughts on Making Books.” The second at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, MO in May, “Comprehending a Cube: Eighteen Months of Living with Euclid.”
If you happen to be in Venice this week, stop by Chiarastella Cattana’s boutique for a presentation of Character Traits. Friday evening, April 26, 6–9pm, Salizzada San Samuele, San Marco 3216.
I have just received the binding mock-up of Character Traits from binder Amy Borezo. Come see it at the Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair on March 10th, or the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair on March 24th and 25th. If you’d like to hear about some of the work that lead up to Character Traits, my lecture, “Making Third Stream Books in the Post-Digital Age,” is now online as a Bodleian Library podcast.
Thinking 3D has featured Interstices & Intersections or, An Autodidact Comprehends a Cube as its item in focus. In the post, I discuss my approach to drawing the diagram for proposition xiii.17 from Euclid’s Elements of Geometry. If you are in New York you can see the actual book at the main branch of the New York Public Library in the exhibit What’s New? Recent Acquisitions.
My work appears in two new trade publication this month. Susan Roether wrote a lengthy, nuanced review of my 2016 book, Some Problems with Red, for the current Book Club of California Quarterly (free with any membership in the Book Club of California); and my article “Letterforms, Alphabets, Typefaces” is out in the “The New Bookbinder” Vol. 37 from Designer Bookbinders, who were kind enough to use my letter O from Linear A to Linear Z for the cover image.