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David W Shields

Associate Professor The University of Texas at Austin | United States

David Shields is an Assistant Professor of Design in the Department of Art & Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the ut Faculty in 2004, David lived in Brooklyn where he co-founded the design studio Viewers Like You. He is currently focusing on historical and visual research of 19th century typographic form, through investigations of the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection, and the significance that 19th century technical processes can have on contemporary digital type production practices. Shields holds a BFA from Memphis State University and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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Engaging Abundance
Physical Research & the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection

Session 41 | Room MIDE
Monday 26 October | 16:35 – 16:55

Duration: 20 minutes

The goal of cataloging the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection is to expand upon the historical information previously collected. Central to my research is physical engagement of production processes, providing direct knowledge of the type forms. Investigating wood type blocks directly, reveal unique planing patterns produced during manufacturing, providing a strategy to identify manufacturers of un-stamped wood type. Through this engagement, I have been able to chart the impact the tools themselves had on driving the derivation of styles throughout the 19th century, and investigate the impact wood type manufacturing processes might have on contemporary digital type production.

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