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The Letters of Imre Reiner

  • March 11, 2023
  • (PST)
  • March 12, 2023
  • (PDT)
  • 2 sessions
  • March 11, 2023, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM (PST)
  • March 12, 2023, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM (PST)
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Presenter: Julie Wildman


Sponsor: San Diego chapter

About the workshop: Imre Reiner was born in 1900 in Versec, Hungary. He was an artist, type designer and graphic designer who studied at the Staatliche Bildhauerschule Zalatua (Zalatua State Sculpture School), the Kunstgewerbeschule Frankfurt (Frankfurt School of the Arts and Crafts), and the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts) in Stuttgart, where type designer, Ernst Schneidler, was his teacher. After a brief stint (19231925) as a graphic designer in London, Paris, New York and Chicago, he returned to study with Schneidler, and from 1931 onwards, he worked in Ruvigliana near Lugano, Switzerland as a painter, graphic designer and illustrator. He lived in Ruvigliana until his death in 1987.

   During his career, he created over 14 typefaces and more than 100 handdrawn alphabets. His calligraphic style is very distinc­ tively his own: abstract and playful, yet drawing from his more formal, traditional lettering education. His career as an illustrator also clearly influenced his calligraphic style.

   During his career, he created over 14 typefaces and more than 100 handdrawn alphabets. His calligraphic style is very distinc­ tively his own: abstract and playful, yet drawing from his more formal, traditional lettering education. His career as an illustrator also clearly influenced his calligraphic style.

   In this class, we will look at many samples of Reiner’s work, inclu­ ding his illustrations, drawn letters and typefaces. We will analyze how he created his letterforms, then try tools and exercises to mimic his style until it becomes our own.

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