Typographer on Display

May 23, 2008

One of the intriguing things–to me–about the humanities, is the way it so easily turns its critical faculties on itself. In history, for example, students will study as much about past events as they will study the manner in which past events were understood and explained in the past. The same is true in literature where the shifting gaze of the critic bounces easily from author to reader and back again. Novels of today regularly feature characters who are aware they are characters alive only because they are currently being read and vanished when not. Disturbing stuff, in a “Through the Looking Glass” sort of way.

A perfect example of this inwardly reflective quality is the study of typography, where, among other things, the way type is set on a page and the font that is used are critical elements in the understanding of a text–as well as being appreciated as an art in itself.

From now until mid July Ball State’s Bracken Library is exhibiting Howdy Goudy: Frederic W. Goudy and the Private Press in the Midwest. The exhibit is the final project of senior Amy E. Duncan and

…focuses mainly on Goudy and includes three other Midwestern printers: Bruce Rogers, Edwin and Robert Grabhorn. Although all four eventually moved away, they all learned their trade and got their start here, all showing the influence of the Midwest in the Private Press Movement.

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