Céline Hurka

500 Versions of Garamond

Creature of Céline Hurka

Why do we still use and reproduce a typeface that originated 500 years ago while our living conditions have drastically changed? Type can serve as an archaeological object that tells us as much about its own past as about how we view history more broadly: design, usage, technological developments, commercial market goals and socio-political circumstances are all reflected. 500 Versions of Garamond is an interactive installation that takes Garamond as a case study to reveal the factors that make a typeface survive.

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