Typographically Speaking: The Art of Matthew Carter

  September 9 - December 6, 2002

Public Programs

4:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 26, 2002
Symposium: Peggy Re, Matthew Carter, Johanna Drucker, Steve Heller

The symposium will address typography as an industrial object, focusing on the relationship between type design as a form of industrial design and visual communication. Speakers will include Peggy Re; Matthew Carter; Johanna Drucker, author of the Alphabetical Labyrinth: The Letters in History and Imagination; and Steve Heller, noted author and art director for the New York Times Book Review.

Organized by the Library Gallery with guest curator Peggy Re, an assistant professor of visual art at UMBC, the exhibition will examine the significant contributions of Matthew Carter to the field of visual communications.

Mr. Carter is one of the pre-eminent type designers of the 20th century and a historian of printing. His career has encompassed the typographical revolution which evolved from working with type foundries creating metal type to Carter & Cone, a digital typefoundry. The visual qualities of Mr. Carter's letterforms reflect a prevailing concern with style, readability, legibility, and technology.

The exhibition will present a selection of original typefaces designed by Mr. Carter which were commissioned by major corporate and institutional clients to respond to specific technologies. The exhibition will also include a selection of work by graphic designers influenced by him. The show will be accompanied by an illustrated catalog.

Read a review of the exhibition in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 10/18/2002, Vol. 49 Issue 8, pB19