The Annual Beatrice Warde Memorial Lecture
13 November 2019
7–9.00pm (Bar open from 6pm)
Invisible women: the contribution of Type Drawing Offices to twentieth century type-making
Beatrice Warde is an exceptional example of a prominent woman contributing to our understanding of type design history in the pre-digital era. Yet little is known about the many other women who worked, often in the background, in the making of some of the last century’s most famous typefaces. Alice Savoie will discuss some of her findings on the role played by Type Drawing Offices in typeface design and production. She will also explain why, as a practising typeface designer, she has decided to embark on historical research, and how this informs her approach to designing type.
Alice Savoie is an independent type designer and researcher, based in Lyon (France). She holds an MA and a PhD from the University of Reading. As a practising type designer she has collaborated with international foundries and design studios. Her recent type design work includes Faune, an award-winning typeface family for the French Centre National des Arts Plastiques. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher on the Leverhulme-funded ‘Women in Type’ research project at the University of Reading. She teaches at ANRT Nancy (France).
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