What goes on inside a paragraph of printed text? Find out how type works, how we read, and the different kinds of space in a paragraph.

ARTISAN LECTURE SERIES FALL 2020

INSIDE PARAGRAPHS: typographic fundamentals

with Cyrus Highsmith

Instructor at Rhode Island School of Design and Founder of Occupant Fonts

This will be an Online Lecture on Tuesday, December 1st at 6pm

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What goes on inside a paragraph of printed text? In this talk, Cyrus Highsmith will discuss his book, Inside Paragraphs, an essential primer on the basics of typography, that focuses specifically on the role of printed text within a paragraph. During his lecture he will demonstrate, with engaging images and accessible explanations, the role of white space between letters, words, and lines.

His presentation will explain how type works, how we read, and illustrates the different kinds of space in a paragraph. He concludes by putting everything together with a discussion about paragraph settings. Mr. Highsmith will also discuss the process of putting the book together.

The talk will be of interest to anyone who wonders why typography matters and a reminder that awareness of typography is valuable for every reader, enhancing our pleasure of a well set document. “The world is full of typography”, writes Mr. Highsmith. “If you can teach yourself how to look, type is everywhere and ready to be enjoyed.”

Cyrus Highsmith is a typographer, teacher, author, and graphic artist. He teaches type design at the Rhode Island School of Design and leads workshops and lectures frequently in the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. His type foundry, Occupant Fonts, offers dozens of original typefaces and clients include Rolling Stone, starwars.com, Ford, La Prensa Gráfica, ESPN, and El Universal. In 2017, he became creative director for Latin Type Development at Morisawa USA. He has received awards from the Type Directors Club and AIGA.

Inside Paragraphs is available for purchase through Princeton University Press

Suggested donation:

$15 General Admission; $10 General Society Members and Senior Citizens; $5 Students.

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