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Jack Stauffacher: Typographic Experiments

Jack Stauffacher: Typographic Experiments


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Subject Arts
Grade Level Grades 9-12

About This Lesson

In 1966, San Francisco printer Jack Stauffacher reopened The Greenwood Press, the imprint he had founded as a teenager, and moved his workshop to what was known as "The Printer's Building". Shortly after moving, he received a gift of 66 pieces of late 19th-century wooden type from The Williams Printing Company, a recently shuttered commercial poster business that had operated downstairs. Since then, Stauffacher has employed the wooden letters in a series of what he calls "typographic meditations," arranging the familiar forms into unexpected configurations to create bold, abstract images.

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