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Cartier: What was Carl Dair thinking?

When Fri 15 Sep 1020
Where UQAM, Cœur des sciences
What
Who Nick Shinn

The 1950s and ’60s saw a stunning adoption of modernism by Canada’s creative arts community, and Carl Dair was a key player. His work as a graphic designer was thoroughly up to date, and yet for Canada’s first proper typeface he went back to the Renaissance, old metal, and calligraphy for inspiration and effect.

Nick Shinn will address the paradox of the Cartier typeface, locating it in the design scene of the 1960s, showing examples of contemporary design and typography, Dair’s work, and subsequent use of the typeface in various versions and documents, up to the present day.

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