Humanities in the Wild - Designing Outside: The National Park Typeface

7:00pm CDT Friday, May 29, 2020 Online
Jeremy Shellhorn, Professor of Design
Humanities in the Wild is presented by the the Hall Center for the Humanities, eXplore Lawrence, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, the KU Office of the Provost, the Departments of Communication Studies, History, and African and African-American Studies, and The Commons.

Jeremy Shellhorn, KU professor of design, has explored graphic and information design opportunities to facilitate engagement and learning about our National Parks. Serving as a “designer-in-residence” of sorts for Rocky Mountain National Park, he has led several student groups there, where they reinvent the classroom, privileging  “wild” places that challenge them to design, think, and make in new ways.

Through the KU DO (Design Outside) Studio, Shellhorn and his students have worked with park rangers to created a new typeface designed to mimic the carved National Park Service signs you see on trails. They brought this iconic type into the digital realm and preserved it as an open source shareable computer typeface.

Humanities in the Wild is a series of events, coinciding with Final Fridays, designed to showcase the connections between humanities research and the great outdoors. From the politics of climate change to the history of conservation, from the culture of recreation to narratives of adventure, Humanities in the Wild presents ways in which the humanities provide unique insights into our relationship with nature.

A video of this event is viewable, here:
Of interest to:
All Ages, Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students
Public Event