Paleography and the Book Visiting Scholar David Ganz (2023) gave a public lecture: "Where Did Newspaper Typeface Come From?"
Presenter: Renowned Scholar David Ganz
May 3, 2023
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Paleography and the Book Lecture
David Rubenstein Forum, University A
David Ganz explores how influential scripts such as Caroline minuscule and Italian Humanistic served as models for typefaces like Times New Roman.
In the later Middle Ages, Italian humanists rejected the gothic script used to copy manuscripts and adopted littera antiqua, a script used in twelfth-century Italy. First employed in the reign of Charlemagne at the end of the eighth century, this script transformed the appearance of letters on the page. In 1932, The Times newspaper in London changed its typeface. British typographer Stanley Morison created Times New Roman, which The Times adapted, and it rapidly became the most influential typeface in the world.