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  • Wagner Free Institute of Science 1700 West Montgomery Avenue, 19121 (map)

Part of DesignPhiladelphia

Referencing archival hand-lettering from the collection at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, Dermot Mac Cormack & 21xdesign has designed a new digital font, Willison, based on the exquisite labels by Charles Willison Johnson, one of the museum’s founding curators in the late 19th century. While remaining true to the original unique hand-lettering in the collection, the Willison font exists as its own digital entity.

The font will be unveiled at the Wagner on October 11th at an open house with light refreshments. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., see the new font alongside Johnson's original labels in the Wagner's museum. At 6 p.m. in the Wagner's lecture hall, Dermot will share the process involved in creating the Willison font. Exploration and refreshments in the museum will continue until the event ends at 7:30 p.m.

This project was supported by a Temple University-Wagner Free Institute of Science Humanities & Arts Research Fellowship.

Donations at the door to support the Wagner's programs and historic collections are always welcome.

About Dermot Mac Cormack: Dermot Mac Cormack is Associate Professor and Department Chair of Graphic and Interactive Design at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. His research is multi-faceted and involves the creation of analog and digital narratives that give voice to the forgotten and the voiceless in contemporary culture as well as Ireland’s historically rich past. He also creates interactive installations that combine digital, generative technologies with audio. His research is concerned with issues pertaining to mid-century European design and the impact of technology on contemporary design. BFA, Visual Communications, The National College of Art & Design, 1981.

Earlier Event: October 11
Bok Open Studios
Later Event: October 11
Tyler Lyke - The Schoolhouse Paintings