The Newberry presents An Unscripted Look at a Script Type: Matthew Carter and Jill Gage on the Design of Snell Roundhand

  • 03/02/2021
  • 4:00 PM
  • 3/2/2021 4:00 PM CST/5:00 PM EST Via Zoom. Advance registration required via Newberry website.


The Newberry presents

This program is sponsored by the Caxton Club

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 Matthew Carter


Snell Roundhand is one of the most popular typefaces around, but few are acquainted with its fascinating history. In this program, Snell Roundhand designer Matthew Carter will discuss the origins of this gorgeous typeface in a seventeenth-century script, his work transforming this script into a modern-day font, and the ways type design has changed since the mid-twentieth century.

Snell Roundhand is based on the penmanship of the English writing-master Charles Snell (1667–1733), who advocated a simple style of writing in contrast to his “brother quills,” the competing writing-masters of his day, whose excessively elaborate and flourished hands he deplored.

In this discussion with the Newberry’s Jill Gage, Carter will discuss the exciting evolution of Snell’s seventeenth-century script into a twentieth-century typeface.

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