Typographer Rod McDonald to present on Carl Dair

At this year’s AGM, the Alcuin Society will present its eighth Robert R. Reid Award and Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Book Arts to the celebrated Canadian type designer Rod McDonald, for his outstanding contributions to typography.

Rod McDonald has more than fifty years experience working with lettering and type, has created many typefaces, and has taught typography at many institutions. As the Keynote speaker McDonald will show the short film, Carl Dair at Enschedé: The Last Days of Metal Type, and discuss both Dair’s and his own work and the making of the film. He will be available to answer questions.

Carl Dair created Canada’s first typeface for Roman letters – Cartier – and introduced it to the world in 1967. In 1998, McDonald updated and expanded Dair’s Cartier typeface for digital technology. In 2015, McDonald remastered Dair’s short silent film about typemaking at the 270-year-old Dutch type foundry Enschedé, with an introduction by himself, and narration and commentary by noted British type designer Matthew Carter.

Monday, June 6, 2016 @ 7 pm
University Golf Club – 5185 University Blvd. – Vancouver

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Light refreshments will be served; open bar. Please email to reserve a seat.