American Sign Language Manual Alphabet poster


When Peter A. Blacksberg was a photography student in 1973, he became interested in the graphical/visual aspects of fingerspelling and sign language. 

Guided by NTID graphic arts professor Jack Slutzky, Peter designed a new representation of the familiar handshapes. The task proved to be extremely difficult and Peter turned to Mike Kleper, an expert in typography and a professor in the printing school of NTID for guidance. 

Digital technology has made it possible to make significant improvements in the design. “I am pleased to return to RIT forty years after graduating to present this version of my American Sign Language Manual Alphabet poster.”

Product Details
  • 16" x 20" poster

  • Printed on archival paper

  • Rolled and shipped in tube

  • Artist/designer information card included


About the Artist
Rochester Institute of Technology
Photographic Arts and Sciences, BFA 1975

Peter’s passion for photography began as he documented daily life in high school and summer camp before attending RIT. There he developed a further understanding of the underlying technologies of film, optics, composition as well as an appreciation of the history and aesthetics of photography.

Today, he remains deeply committed to the success of the RIT community. For many years he has returned to RIT quarterly, photographing its campus, sponsoring research in conjunction with NASA, meeting with professors, supporting students and contributing to Shop One and University Gallery, most recently as exhibition curator of 'Portraits of a Planet - Photographer in Space'.