An Exploration of Writing and Typography

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During the Fall 2015 semester, Vickie Karasic, Digital Literacy and Research Librarian, and John Pollack, Library Specialist at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, worked closely with School of Design Professor David Comberg and students from his freshman seminar, “Writing on the City: Letterforms, Technology, and Philadelphia Culture.”

Over the course of the semester, the students examined and explored writing, lettering, and typography in the classroom and throughout the city.  The class included visits to the Kislak Center where students pored over materials in the Libraries’ collection.  Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center also hosted the final projects of some members of the class, giving them opportunities to display their videos projects or engage in insightful conversations about fonts with fellow students at the library.

Two students in the class, Callie Holtermann and Jacob Anderson, shared the lessons they learned and the unique perspective this class provided them.  Read their essays at https://provost.upenn.edu/initiatives/arts/stories/2016/01/10/writing-on-the-city-letterforms-technology-and-philadelphia-culture.

You can also see photos from the class at https://flic.kr/s/aHsknexBWb.


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