Writing on the City: Letterforms, Technology, and Philadelphia Culture
FNAR 130-301 | Writing on the City: Letterforms, Technology, and Philadelphia Culture
David Comberg | Lecturer, Fine Arts Department
This seminar explores the rich history of writing and typography from colonial to contemporary Philadelphia through primary source research at some of the city’s major libraries and collections and through direct engagement with professional designers, curators, crafts workers, and manufacturers. The course will be divided into two parts. The first phase is devoted to information gathering: lectures, readings, and visits, including presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on research, exploring various forms of lettering and typography. During this phase students will build an annotated collection of visual examples. In the second phase students will synthesize and distill their research, developing theories, defining individual and group projects, and collectively writing, designing, and producing a public presentation of their scholarship.