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W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design

A project in San Francisco, CA by LetterformArchive

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Written & designed by Bruce Kennett. The first comprehensive biography of one of the most innovative designers of the 20th century.
Backers: 1059
Average Pledge Per Backer: $162

Funded: $171,574 of $50,000
Dates: Mar 27th -> Apr 28th (32 days)
Project By: LetterformArchive
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Latest News

How Dwiggins Changed the Way Typefaces are Made

April 27th - via:
It’s been a pleasure being part of the publishing team this month. And as a member of Letterform Archive’s board, it is rewarding to witness the organization’s mission come into perfect alignment with our first book project. At the Archive, we... (Read More)

A Message from Steven Heller

April 24th - via:
Last November at the Designers and Books Festival in New York, Rob Saunders and Bruce Kennett participated in a panel on W. A. Dwiggins that was moderated by renowned design historian and author Steven Heller, who is also a major Dwiggins fan... (Read More)

The Crew of the Ship Earth

April 22nd - via:
In honor of Earth Day 2017, we bring you this small pamphlet, written and designed by Dwiggins nearly seventy-five years ago, and published by the Typophiles in 1943. The context for this piece was World War II. Influenced by his Quaker background,... (Read More)

Stretch Goal: Help Us Digitize Dwiggins

April 21st - via:
W. A. Dwiggins has a posse. We launched our Kickstarter campaign on March 27, 2017 with the hope of reaching some of his many fans around the world. Here we are, twenty-six days later, and the community has responded in force, manifesting a genuine... (Read More)

W. A. Dwiggins: The Quintessential Maker

April 17th - via:
Although W. A. Dwiggins is best known for his typefaces, book designs, and marionettes, a careful look at his entire output reveals that he was an innovative thinker across many more disciplines, and often combined artistic expression with a sound... (Read More)

Forthcoming Biography of W.A. Dwiggins Gets the Kickstarter Treatment

April 14th - via:
Thank twentieth-century American polymath William Addison Dwiggins (1880-1956) for coining the term “graphic design” back in 1922 (Read More)

Another sneak peek inside "W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design" — Ornament

April 11th - via:
  You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 A Few Words about Chinese Spinach . . . Dwiggins had a lifelong interest in ornament. Having grown up in a musical household, he had a... (Read More)

Pulling back the curtain: Dwiggins and Marionettes

April 5th - via:
Dear Backers, We are thrilled with the immediate and enthusiastic response that followed the launch of our Kickstarter campaign last week. Thank you one and all for supporting this publication. Many of the early backers are involved with type and... (Read More)

We made it!

March 29th - via:
Dear Backers, We are overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement. Thank you for your incredible support and enthusiasm for this project. The decades of research and passionate study that Bruce Kennett put into this book will not disappoint. You’re... (Read More)

What an amazing first day!

March 28th - via:
Thanks to all of you who have provided early and generous support for this project! We've raised over $36,000 — 73% of our goal — in this first day after launching! We are so grateful for your enthusiasm, good suggestions, kind words, and... (Read More)

Introducing the Two-book Special: bundle two books and save on shipping.

March 28th - via:
Thank you so much for your support! We’re overwhelmed and grateful for the response and excited that we are nearly 60% funded. Based on feedback from our amazing community of backers, we just added an option for ordering two books at once. This is... (Read More)

Bruce Kennett publishing major art book via Kickstarter

March 27th - via:
“W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” is 480 pages, with 1,200 illustrations showcasing the life, work and hobbies of one of the unsung heroes of modern typography. (Read More)

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