ARTISAN LECTURES Fall 2020
Subway Maps: The Good, the Bad, and the Better?
with John Tauranac, Architectural and Social Historian
This will be an Online Lecture on Tuesday, December 15th at 6pm
John Tauranac, architectural and social historian, will give an illustrated talk on the history of official subway maps, with an occasional unofficial map thrown in for good measure. Mr. Tauranac writes on New York City’s social and architectural history and teaches the subject at NYU’s School of Professional Studies, and he just happens to design maps as well.
John Tauranac fell into mapping as much by accident as design. In the early 1970s, he started writing about the undercover passageways that pedestrians could take in Midtown to stay dry in the wet and warm in the cold. Only to realize, to quote Mr. Tauranac “that what I was writing was an instant cure for insomnia.” With no training in studio art or graphics, he decided to chart the passageways of Midtown and Lower Manhattan. New York Magazine liked his roughs and had them metamorphosed into the “Undercover Maps.”
Mr. Tauranac went on chair the MTA subway map committee for the bulk of its existence in the late 1970s, and he was the creative director of the award-winning and critically praised 1979 MTA subway map. That map won its share of kudos – an editorial in The New York Times (“The Best Subway Map in Years”), a review by the Times architectural critic, Paul Goldberger (“At Last, A Usable Subway Map”), and he’s still at it.
He has designed dozens of maps since, including his street atlas, Manhattan Block By Block, and his newest subway map, which he believes is not just didactic, it is swellegant.
Mr. Tauranac’s books, include Manhattan’s Little Secrets, The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark, New York From the Air, and Elegant New York. He has also written numerous articles for many publications.
Suggested donation:$15 General Admission; $10 General Society Members and Senior Citizens; $5 Students.
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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
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
$15 General Admission; $10 General Society Members and Senior Citizens; $5 Students.
Advance registration is required to receive the link to the zoom webinar platform. Please click here to register.
Future artisan lectures will be scheduled in 2021, please check back for details.
Now in its tenth season, the Artisan Lecture Series pays tribute to the art of craftsmanship by featuring master artisans who lecture about the intricacies of their specialized crafts. The Artisan Lecture Series promotes the work and art of skilled craftsmen to assist in ensuring their unique knowledge is understood and carried forth for future generations.