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A thousand years ago...
Letterforms in inscriptions from the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries

Gerard Unger

Session A08 | Palace A
Saturday 20 September | 09:30 – 10:20

Theme History | Duration: 50 minutes

The time between the Carolingian renaissance and the Gothic is sometimes seen as a long-drawn-out period of transition as regards inscriptional letterforms. Romanesque art and architecture are highly varied, so much so indeed that it is difficult to speak of a single style. Romanesque capitals display just as much variety. Despite this, it is possible to discern a stable model that was used throughout most of Europe for at least two hundred years. It is separate from its Roman forerunners and exhibits a range of influences that made themselves felt in Europe after the end of the Roman Empire. Romanesque capitals — a neglected model.

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Gerard Unger

Type Designer | The Netherlands

Gerard Unger (b. 1942) is a graphic designer, type designer, typographer and typographic consultant. He studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and becaine a freelance designer in 1972. He now teaches at the Academie, and at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, England. His numerous typeface designs include the highly regarded newspaper types Swift and Gulliver, and Capitoleum, designed for the city of Rome during the Catholic jubilee of 2000. He has received many awards for his work, including the 1991 Maurits Enschedé prize for his overall contribution to type design.

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