Great Minds/Great Ideas Lecture: Evolution of Type from Gutenberg to the Internet

March 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Great Minds/Great Ideas Lecture: Evolution of Type from Gutenberg to the Internet

In cooperation with the Cazenovia Public Library and The Manlius Library, Cazenovia College is pleased to announce the sixteenth season of its Faculty Library Lecture Series: “Great Minds / Great Ideas.” The 2019-2020 series features noted faculty members from Cazenovia College. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. with ample time for questions and conversation following each lecture. The Great Minds/Great Ideas Library Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of Patricia Stacy Healey, class of 1962, and Helen Stacy.

March 10th’s lecture features Allyn Stewart as she explores the evolution of type from Gutenberg to the internet.

A typeface can influence how we read, understand and engage with text. This lecture will explore the cultural and political history of type from the printed page to the computer screen. We will begin in the fifteenth century with the invention of Johannes Guttenberg’s printing press and his use of Gothic scripts. Using classic typographic concepts of form and structure, we will look at visual differences, such as those between Max Muller’s 20th century Helvetica and Giambattista Bodoni’s 18th century Bodoni. We will end with an examination of how typefaces have adapted in the twenty-first century to changing technologies, exploring uses in digital formats such as electronic publications, websites and mobile.

This program is free and open to the public. Call the Library will question at 315.655.9322. The second Great Minds lecture (April 7)  will feature Jessica Essary The Rise and Fall of the Association for Childhood Education International Since 1892.