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Sumner Stone exhibit & lecture

                        EXHIBIT AND LECTURE

   Stone Type: An Exhibition of the Typeface Designs of Sumner Stone

The San Francisco Public Library will present a one-person exhibition of
typography by Sumner Stone, one of America's foremost typeface designers
and a pioneer of computer typography, September 1 through October 31, 1998, in
the Skylight Gallery at the Main Library. The exhibition, _Stone Type: An
Exhibition of the Typeface Designs of Sumner Stone_, provides an intimate view
of a one-person type foundry in the digital era with examples of Mr. Stone's
original drawings, digital representations, test proofs, critiques and early
trial uses of the typefaces. This exhibition was organized by the Book Arts
and Special Collections Center of the San Francisco Public Library.

>From 1984 to 1990, Sumner Stone was Director of typography at Adobe Systems,
Inc., where his development of computer-based type fonts combined with its
PostScript language and software revolutionized the potential of desktop

This exhibition will feature a presentation of Mr. Stone's type designs as
they have appeared in a broad range of published material running the gamut
from art exhibition catalogs like the San Francisco de Young Museum's _Facing
Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area_, to a $3 stamp. Examples
include a recent Sierra Club book, _The Geography of Hope: A Tribute to
Wallace Stegner_; the Superbowl XXIX issue of _TV Guide_; _Money Magazine_;
the American design magazines _Print_ and _Graphis_; the Swiss typographic
magazine, _Typografische Monatsblatter_; and the Parisian newspaper, _Le
Monde_, to name a few.

The exhibition also contains examples of the type specimens & other materials
which Stone Type Foundry has designed and produced to promote the typefaces,
as well as some more personal uses of the typefaces.

In addition to original typeface designs, the exhibition will also include
some of Stone Type Foundry's work in reviving historical typefaces. Included
is the prize-winning ITC _Bodoni_ for which Mr. Stone was the art director and
one of the designers. Another is the Scripps College _Old Style_ typeface, one
of the last typefaces designed by Frederic Goudy, which Mr. Stone has produced
in digital form for Scripps College using Mr. Goudy's original drawings and

Mr. Stone's background includes training and experience as a mathematician,
type designer, calligrapher, graphic designer and teacher. His education in
the graphic arts began when he studied calligraphy with Lloyd Reynolds at Reed
College in Portland, Oregon.

On Thursday, September 10, 1998, Mr. Stone will present a public lecture in
the Koret Auditorium at the Main Library at 6:30 p.m. All programs at the
Public Library are free.

Typography is a main focus in the San Francisco Public Library's Book Arts and
Special Collections Center. The Center houses _The Robert Grabhorn Collection
on the History of Printing and the Development of the Book_, including more
than 9,000 volumes and 100 journal titles on design, typography and bookmaking.

For more information, please contact the Book Arts and Special Collections
Center at 415.557.4560.

Sponsored by the Book Arts and Special Collections Center.

22 July 1998

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