We are delighted to announce that Professor Michael Twyman has been awarded the 2014 Sir Misha Black Medal for his contribution to design education.
Professor Sue Walker recalls:
‘Writing about ‘Typography as a university subject’ in 1970, Michael identified four ‘basic beliefs’ that governed the structure of the Reading course:
- the visual form of typography should relate closely to the language used and its organisation reflect and reinforce its meaning;
- typographic designers should understand the technical means at their disposal;
- the reader must be respected;
- typographic design is planning in relation to the above three, usually in the context of a client, an organisation, a budget and a deadline.
These statements are still relevant today, and have influenced the approach to design taken by our students.’