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Goodbye analogue, hello digital

Michael Harvey

Saturday 15 September | 17:45 – 18:30
Location: Sallis Benney Theatre

Keynote | Theme: | Duration: 45 minutes

This provocative presentation reveals the essential role drawing has played in industrial design, from ships, to automobiles, to type faces, both for production and the search for form, and its continuing relevance today.

Michael Harvey analyses the work of some of the masters - Frederic Goudy; Hermann Zapf; Eric Gill; Georg Trump; Jan van Krimpen – as well as describing his own font design process from drawing to digital.

The interaction of drawing and digital creation for print using Adobe’s Illustrator program is illustrated with examples of his recent work, showing how both disciplines are intimately connected.

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Michael Harvey Lettering Designer Fine Fonts | UK

Working as an engineering draughtsman, Michael Harvey was inspired by Eric Gill’s Autobiography to become a letter carver. He visited Joseph Cribb, Gill’s first apprentice, in Ditchling, and in 1955 joined Reynolds Stone in Dorset to assist him in inscription carving.

A career as a book jacket designer followed, also teaching, lecturing in Europe and the United States, and writing six books about the lettering arts. Continued to carve inscriptions, in 1990 he was commissioned to design and carve the great frieze of artists’ names and other inscriptions at the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London, working with American architect Robert Venturi.

A growing interest in type design led Harvey to concentrate on this aspect of his work, resulting in typefaces for Monotype, Adobe, the Dutch Type Library, and Fine Fonts the partnership he established with Andy Benedek in 2001.

From 1992 to 2004 Michael Harvey was a member of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the Design of Coins & Medals, and in 2001 received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Art. He is a member of the Double Crown Club and the Wynkyn de Worde Society. Still living in Dorset, he works from his home studio in Bridport, where he pursues his other interests; cycling, photography and drawing.

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