Ismar David and the First Hebrew Typeface Family

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Early paste-up of the David Hebrew typeface. Image courtesy of H. Brandshaft.

Ismar David was a prolific calligrapher, type designer, graphic and architectural designer, illustrator and educator. From the 1930s until the 1990s, he lived and worked in Berlin, Jerusalem and New York and created a variety of exquisite designs. His most important work is considered to be the David Hebrew Typeface family. It was the first of its kind when it was issued in 1954, and up until today it is the pinnacle of Hebrew type design. What are the challenges entailed in designing a Hebrew typeface family? How did David tackle these obstacles? Why is this work paramount and what has become of it over the years? This talk is based on Shani Avni’s research for her MA thesis at the University of Reading, using archival materials from the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection. In it she will shed some light on David’s fascinating design process and ground-breaking results.

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Shani Avni
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When and Where
June 16, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room/Location: Zoom meeting

Open to the Public

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