Presentation details
Designing a regional typeface

Artur Frankowski

Saturday 15 September | 10:45 – 11:15
Location: Dance Studio Room 225

Presentation | Theme: Cultures | Duration: 30 minutes

The purpose of the presentation is to show the process of designing a new typeface for Silesia Region, Poland (launched in April 2006 and finished in November 2006).

Designing a typeface for a region is a great challenge and an exciting task. How to express the rich multilingual history and culture of a region on the border of Poland and Germany? Is it possible to design a typeface reflecting the spirit of the region?

In Silesia, blackletter type was used for Latin, German, but also in Polish texts. Artur Frankowski and Henryk Sakwerda (who is Silesian calligrapher) decided to build the new typeface on Chancery cursive Cancellaresca. This refers to the calligraphic tradition, however in original form, they wanted to evoke the spirit of blackletter.

Artur Frankowski will be presenting a brief history of Silesian printing and sources of inspiration (old prints and manuscripts) for Silesiana, the new typeface - an elegant, decorative script promoting the Silesian Region through employing its calligraphic and typographic traditions.

Speaker details

Artur Frankowski Type Designer Fontarte | Poland

Graphic designer, typographer, and type designer. Ph.D. from the Warsaw University of Technology on legibility of type on cartographic maps (2004). For the past decade full-time lecturer on typography and graphic design at the Warsaw University of Technology; also visiting lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and at other colleges in Poland. Artur has published articles on type and visual communication in Polish design & print magazines. He designed several typefaces — contemporary new designs as well as Polish avant-garde revivals. His typefaces include Grotesk Polski, a sans-serif companion to Poland’s eminent pre-WWII text face Antykwa Poltawskiego, as well as Julian, a typeface based on Wladyslaw Strzeminski’s lettering. In September 2004, with Magdalena Frankowska, he launched the Fontarte typography studio to design new typefaces and to promote the history of Polish typography through lectures and workshops. From June 2006 he is involved, together with another type designer – Henryk Sakwerda, in Silesian Type project, a design of a typeface Silesiana for the Polish province of Silesia. Artur Frankowski has been a member of ATypI since 1995, and spoke at the ATypI Helsinki 2005 conference. Since 2006, he is ATypI country delegate for Poland.

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