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Italian Language Meeting – February 24, 2021
February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
When: February 24, 2021
Speaker: Marta Bernstein
Topic: Venice and the Establishment of Printing in Italy in the Late 15th Century
There will be a “social hour” beginning at 7 pm. The presentation will start at 7:30.
About the Speaker:
Designer and researcher originally from Milan, Marta Berstein is currently associate creative director at Studio Matthews (Seattle) and lecturer at USC Roski (Los Angeles). Type and typography are her true passions and the common threads of all her projects. She has a soft spot for 19th-century type, a topic she has been researching for a decade and presented at various international type conferences. She has been involved in teaching graphic design, typography and type design on a regular basis since 2007 in universities and design schools in Europe, USA and China. She completed her B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Graphic Design at Politecnico di Milano and her M.Des in type design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (NL).
About the Presentation:
Even though movable type was “invented” in Germany by Johannes Gutenberg, the design of books and letters — typefaces — were perfected in Italy in the last quarter of the 15th Century. Venice at the time was the «Silicon Valley» of Europe, the perfect place for a new technology to develop. We will talk about German emigrants, French punch-cutters and visionary Venetian merchants that still influence the fonts we use and the books we read today.Dr. Giancani will focus on the path that brought him to the US from Italy, and his current work at the University of Washington on one of the oldest known sexually-transmitted infections, syphilis.