You've Heard the Names, Now See the Faces

The Lakeside Press in Chicago began an exhibition that The American Institute of Graphic Arts later sponsored at The Art Institute and School of Design in Kansas City, Missouri, titled “American Type Designers And Their Type Faces on Exhibit.” In 1948 AIGA brought it to New York. The opening took place at the Grolier Club. It was perhaps the only time all the members of the American type design establishment were brought together in this way. The exhibit included almost exclusively the original drawings of well known faces, sprinkled through with specimen sheets from the leading foundries.

Here are pages from the small keepsake issued for the New York event. It is a who’s who of who did what. What a lot of faces and such stern mugs.  I reproduce it here for your edification and enjoyment.




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11 thoughts on “You've Heard the Names, Now See the Faces

  1. Karen Bright

    Thanks for this post- a very nice and useful bit of design history. But, not only is it (all but one) Men, Men, Men but white Men, Men, Men. Is there any more diversity today? We can only hope, but I don’t think things have changed all that much.

  2. P Hansen

    Laurie, I noticed the exact same. MEN. And when you say a little better…VERY LITTLE. Next job application I should put under newly acquired attributes… PENIS.

  3. Sue Gutbezahl

    Who knew a woman could design type!
    Thanks for posting the list. Agree with Sally Pfeiffer–except I also do one (1) sudoku as well. 
    Thoroughly enjoy your emails (even the ones not about type)–not enough type freaks in the world.

  4. Sally Pfeiffer

    Reading your blog is my favorite way to procrastinate each morning before facing the challenges of wrangling type on the web. I loved today’s post. It left me nostalgic for days filled with genuinely satisfying typographic adventures. Thank you!