UKType and Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) at Birmingham City University (BCU) have been working together to launch the Typographic Hub, a centre for research into the history, theory and practice of typographic design.
The Heart of England is also, historically, its typographic heartland, home to such influential figures as William Caslon, who heralded a turning point for English type-founding, John Baskerville, creator of one of the most aesthetically pleasing of the great classical fonts, named after him, and Leonard Jay, one-time head of the Birmingham School of Printing, a teacher of the first rank who made a significant contribution to British printing education in the first half of the 20th century and influenced a whole generation of printers. It is this illustrious lineage that makes BCU the perfect choice for the Hub’s home.
But the Typographic Hub is about more than just its origins; looking out from the centre, it is concerned with all aspects of typography, from all times and places. The Hub also maintains a specialist library, open to anyone no matter how deep their interest, which comprises more than 4000 items, including reference books, journals and periodicals, printed ephemera and special collections.
The Typographic Hub will celebrate its launch with a one-day symposium, scheduled for 16th March, with speakers from the USA, Europe, New Zealand and across the UK.
For more information see www.typographichub.org.