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typographic and visual inquiry

His presentations and workshops have included Type@Cooper in 2021, ATypI 2020 All Over, Louisiana State University, School of Art (2018), AIGA Birmingham (2016), ATypI 2013 (Amsterdam), Typecon 2010 (Los Angeles), ATypI 2006 (Lisbon), and Typecon 2005 (New York). Some open access publications and resources are at Humanities Commons. An essay on display phototype is online at TypeCulture. Eye 92 published a review of Walter Käch’s letterform designs, which preceded Helvetica and Univers.

Blackletter is a historic printer’s term for the styles also known as Old English or gothic. The monograph “Blackletter: Type and National Identity” accompanied The Cooper Union’s Lubalin Center exhibition and can be purchased. A separate catalog appeared in the journal Printing History.

Peter Bain has taught at programs including the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mississippi State University, Parsons School of Design/The New School, Pratt Institute, and the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute. His Simplified Plant Illustration assignment is online at the AIGA Design Teaching Resource.

BTNI exhibition view

“Blackletter: Type and National Identity” exhibition installation, co-designed with Paul Shaw