Literally “beautiful letters” in French, the term belles lettres aptly describes works of graphic design in which typography plays an aesthetic role, elevating print communication to the realm of art. This exhibition explores contemporary type treatment, looking at how designers employ contrast, scale, layering, and formal manipulation to reiterate and transform content. Drawn entirely from the SFMOMA collection, Belles Lettres presents posters, magazines, brochures, and books by boundary-breaking designers such as Michael Bierut, Jennifer Morla, and Martin Venezky.
Belles Lettres will run from Saturday, October 30, 2004 to Sunday, April 17, 2005 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
text filched from the SFMOMA site
OH! I left SF too soon – I guess this means I have to go back sooner than expected to see this exhibit.
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Typographica is a review of typefaces and type books, with occasional commentary on fonts and typographic design. Edited by Stephen Coles and designed by Chris Hamamoto. Founded in 2002 by Joshua Lurie-Terrell. Relaunched in 2009 by Coles and Hamamoto.
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Fonts In Use
Type at work in the real world.
The Anatomy of Type
A book by the editor of Typographica about the finer details of typefaces.
Lettering on vintage cars, appliances, and other objects.
Fleurs Coiffeur Liqueur
Lettering on storefronts.