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World Scripts Exhibition: Curator's Talk

Selected material from the Non-Latin Type Collection, the University of Reading
When Fri 16 Sep 1410
Where Track 2
What Global type
Who Fiona Ross, Alice Savoie


This exhibition uses materials from the Non-Latin Type Collection at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication to illustrate the translation of scripts into type for the production of non-Latin newspapers around the world. The focus of this necessarily small exhibition is on five major scripts:  Arabic, Bengali, Devanagari, Malayalam and Telugu. The selected artefacts dating from the 1930s to the present day show the hot-metal newspapers and their subsequent digitally printed counterparts in conjunction with some of the original letter-drawings and related material that formed essential parts of the design process for the different typefounding technologies during this period.
ATypI delegates will be able see resources, never previously exhibited outside the University of Reading, that help inform current day researchers and practitioners of the key issues pertinent to non-Latin typeface design and typography.
The exhibition is co-curated by Dr Fiona Ross and Ms Alice Savoie, who will give short talks about the holdings of the Non-Latin Type Collection, the provenance of the materials exhibited, and the use of primary sources for research and typographic practice today.



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