Robert Bringhurst (*1946) is a poet, linguist, and one of the world’s best known typographers. He is the author of some twenty books of poetry, including the recent »Selected Poems« published by Jonathan Cape in London. Design schools and publishers around the world rely on his book »The Elements of Typographic Style« (4th ed. 2012), which is now published in ten languages. His groundbreaking study of a Native American oral literature, »A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World«, with its two companion volumes of Haida oral poetry in translation, was awarded the Edward Sapir Prize by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology and chosen as Literary Editor’s Book of the Year by the Times of London. His recent prose works include »The Surface of Meaning: Books and Book Design in Canada« (2008), »The Solid Form of Language: An Essay on Writing and Meaning« (2004), and two volumes of selected essays and lectures: »The Tree of Meaning« (2006) and »Everywhere Being Is Dancing« (2007).
This lecture is presented by FontShop and FontFont.