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Polish letters

keynote: Piotr Rypson
When Wed 14 Sep 2015
What Track A
Who Piotr Rypson
The presentation will present various stages of font and lettering development in Poland since the Renaissance to modern times. Its aim is to provide an overview of the complexities of Polish printing and publishing industries – and will focus on important examples of typographic and lettering design, beginning with the 15th century Latin, Cyrillic and Hebrew incunabula, through the first codifications of the Polish alphabet, baroque typographic experiments and the printing production of the 16-19th centuries.

Modernized design of the first decades of the 20th century will be shown through opposing tendencies - one of searching a “national style”, and another that followed the ideas of new typography. Limited access to modern Polish fonts resulted in a flamboyant explosion of lettering styles applied in poster, advertisement and book-cover design in the 1920-s and 30-s, that has partly influenced the “Polish Poster School” in the following decades.

Piotr Rypson is Deputy Director at the National Museum, Warsaw. PhD in literary studies. Visiting professor at Rhode Island School of Design (1994-1999). Curator of numerous exhibitions. Author of books and articles on art, information architecture, visual communication and literature. Author of Against all Odds. Polish Graphic Design 1919-1949 (2011). Now works on a book on Polish graphic design 1945-49.

This event will take place at The Academy of Fine Arts (new building) - Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 39, Warszawa, Poland.

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