To celebrate the 100th birthdays of Hermann Zapf and Gudrun Zapf von Hesse, the Cary Collection held an exhibition featuring their work throughout their careers in the Fall of 2018. The Cary Collection has the privilege and honor of caring for Herman Zapf's personal archive—one of only two in the world. Zapf's archive contains pieces that range from type design, book design, illustration, to materials from his time teaching at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
To highlight Zapf's abilities in both calligraphy and type design, his teaching papers filled with chalk calligraphy were contrasted with his sleek typefaces, Zapfino and Palatino, for the logo design. The final logo was a product of the Zapfino glyph which was altered to better fit the desired typography.
Given Zapf's interest in utilizing new technologies for design, a small keepsake—using the Stempel type specimen for Palatino—was recreated using both digital and mechanical print technologies as well as digital and metal typefaces.
This exhibition was an exciting mixture of heavy research and precision design. It was necessary—and rewarding—to try to live up to such a master's standards. Given my deep level of research and handling of the archival materials, I was granted the title of Co-Curator.
Dr. Steven K. Galbraith
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