Facing the World: Type Design in Global Perspective

Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Green Library

Facing the World: Type Design in Global Perspective offers a guided tour to more than five centuries of “non-Latin” type design—that is, type design beyond the Latin alphabet.

On display in the Peterson Gallery in the Green Library Bing Wing are rare books and manuscripts from before Gutenberg to the digital age, drawn from the Stanford Libraries collections and on loan from participating institutions and collectors. Display cases in the Munger Rotunda feature work by contemporary type designers who design for non-Latin scripts, among them Devanagari, Gurmukhi, Tibetan, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, and Lushootseed. Specimen sheets for digital typefaces are shown with examples of the type in use in packaging, newspapers, books, and broadsides.

The exhibition aims to inform, delight, intrigue, and challenge viewers to think about the impact of European colonization on the world of international type design, the potential of technology, and the meaning of pluralism as expressed through everyday typography.  

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50 Years of Leadership

South Lobby, 1st Floor, East Wing, Green Library

An exhibit highlighting the history of Stanford's Faculty Senate.

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Students Speak Out!

Lobby, Arrillaga Alumni Center

This exhibit shines a spotlight on the the rich collection of student publications housed in Stanford's University Archives. (Please note the updated location; this exhibit is now on display in the lobby of Arrillaga Alumni Center).

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