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Title :

Fat faces all around : lettering and the Festival style

Author :
RENNIE, Paul ;
Publication year :
2001
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Looks at the Festival style of lettering developed for a range of signs and signals in various typefaces which embellished Festival of Britain architecture. Most signs were discarded after the Festival, but the style made an important contribution to graphic design and exhibition design in Britain throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The Festival Typographic Panel, which included Nicolette Gray and Gordon Cullen, was responsible for co-ordinating the lettering style on printed ephemera, advertising, and on the South Bank site itself. The desire to create a grammar of style that went beyond the functional was influenced by the revival of interest in Victorian ornamental types and fat faces, ideas which found a forum in the Architectural review and other publications. Concludes with a summary of the legacy of Festival lettering and architecture in the townscape. ;
Pagination/Size :
10 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Architectural Review (London, 1896+) ; Architecture ; Caractère d'imprimerie ; Cullen, Gordon, 1914-1994 ; Enseigne ; Esthétique ; Grande-Bretagne ; Graphisme ; Gray, Nicolete, 1911-1997 ; Influence ; Lettrage ; London (GBR), Festival of Britain (1951) ; Revue d'architecture ; Style ; Victorien (art) ; 1800-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Aesthetics ; Architectural Review (London, 1896+) ; Architecture ; Architecture periodicals ; Cullen, Gordon, 1914-1994 ; Graphic design ; Gray, Nicolete, 1911-1997 ; Great Britain ; Influence ; Lettering ; London (GBR), Festival of Britain (1951) ; Signs (signboards) ; Style ; Type ; Victorian ; 1800-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Twentieth century architecture, 2001, 5
INIST identifier :
24958713 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 1353-1964 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Twentieth Century Society, London
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;