Alastair Johnston

Double Scotch: the Austin foundry’s role in the development of modern type

TYPO San Francisco 2015 Focus | Friday, 01 May | 1:00 pm | Screening Room | English

Based on my recent book, Transitional Faces, about Richard Austin and his sons, I will discuss their role in creating types for London foundries at the end of the eighteenth century (such as “Bell,” “Fry’s Ornamented” and Porson Greek) and put forward my thesis on why there were two versions of Scotch Roman launched at the same time in the early nineteenth century.


Alastair Johnston

Typographer (Berkeley, California)

Alastair Johnston is a partner in Poltroon Press, Berkeley. He taught college level courses in typography for over 30 years. He has published scores of books and won the Award of Excellence in the AIGA Just Type Show. His published works include bibliographies and discographies, as well as Alphabets to…

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