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Thu, 07 Oct


The Margate School

Resorting to Type — Public Lecture

Justin Burns will be rounding up his exhibition with a public lecture on the subject of lettering and typography by the seaside.

Resorting to Type — Public Lecture
Resorting to Type — Public Lecture

Time & Location

07 Oct 2021, 17:00 – 18:00

The Margate School, 31-33 High St, Margate CT9 1DX, UK

About the Event

Lettering, typography and its relationship to architecture and place – if sometimes misunderstood and

under-valued – has been fundamental to the identity and formation of British resorts. In assessing the

origins of the typographic landscape on the seafront, piers, theatres, and theme parks, we can observe

nineteenth-century vernacular sources within the environment. During this period, industrialisation had a

significant impact on commercial printing, with the advent of new bolder letterforms and typefaces to

communicate to the masses. Our experience of the seaside is informed by the multi-faceted discipline of

graphic design, long used by resorts to identify and promote.

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