"Paul Shaw Discusses W.A. Dwiggins and Daniel Berkeley Updike"

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the public

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Wed, 2016-01-13 18:00 - 20:00


D.B. Updike and W.A. Dwiggins were very different individuals in age, physiognomy, and upbringing. Yet, they worked closely together for nearly a decade and sporadically for another fifteen years. Dwiggins did illustration, decoration, and lettering for books, sheet music, invitations, diplomas, advertisements and other ephemera printed by Updike’s Merrymount Press. The sheer amount of work he did for Updike eclipsed that of Rudolph Ruzicka or T.M. Cleland. 
Paul Shaw’s talk will describe the relationship between Updike and Dwiggins and detail the work that the latter did for the Merrymount Press between 1906 and the early 1930s.
Shaw is an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He teaches classes in the history of graphic design, the history of type, typography and calligraphy. He is the author of Subway: Helvetica and the New York City Transit System, the co-author of Blackletter: Type and National Identity, and the editor of The Eternal Letter. He has been studying and writing about W.A. Dwiggins since 1978.

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