Rod McDonald on Carl Dair: The Alcuin Society’s 2016 AGM on June 6, 2016

The Keynote Speaker at this year’s Alcuin Society AGM will be Rod McDonald. McDonald will show Carl Dair’s short film, Carl Dair at Enschedé: The Last Days of Metal Type – at this event, and discuss both Dair’s and his own work, and the making of the film. He will be available to answer questions.

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Carl Dair created Canada’s first typeface for Roman letters – Cartier – and introduced it to the world in 1967. In 1998, Rod McDonald updated and expanded Dair’s Cartier typeface for digital technology. In 2015, McDonald remastered Dair’s short silent film about typemaking at the 270-year-old Dutch type foundry Enschedé, with an introduction by himself, and narration by noted British type designer Matthew Carter.

Rod McDonald has over fifty years experience working with lettering and type. He has taught typography at Sheridan College, the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and NSCAD University. Rod is a member of the Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), the Type Directors Club (TDC) in New York and the Association Typographique International (ATypI). He is a founding member of the Type Club of Toronto and an ex-board member of The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA). His typeface Gibson was designed in honour of Canadian design pioneer John Gibson and released in 2011 by Canada Type.

The Alcuin Society awarded Rod McDonald the eighth Robert R. Reid Award and Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Book Arts in 2015, for his outstanding contributions to typography. The award and medal will be presented to him after the Society’s brief AGM.

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