Monday, 28 January 2019

David Hebrew Typeface Family

Ismar David was a prolific type designer, calligrapher, graphic designer and illustrator. He also engaged in architectural design and taught calligraphy. From the 1930s to the 1990s, he created exquisite designs, studying in Berlin in 1928, emigrating to Jerusalem in 1932 and to New York City in 1952.
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 ...?
You can hear the answers to these questions at a talk being given by Shani Avni, based on her  research for her MA dissertation at the University of Reading. Her talk will shed some light on David’s fascinating design process and ground-breaking results.
Shani Avni is an independent designer and researcher. She holds a BA from Shenkar College of Design in Tel Aviv and an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. Shani has been chosen for the 2017 Cary Collection Research Fellowship at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), USA, where David’s work is archived.

Unfolding the First Hebrew Typeface Family by Ismar David is at the St Bride Foundation on 6th February 2019 7pm – 9pm. Tickets cost £8 – £12.50 and you can book tickets HERE
Posted by Justin Hobson 28.01.2019

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