A2-Type / Typewriter

Black Suburbia: from Levittown to Ferguson

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Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson is an exhibition presented by The New York Public Library’s Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. The exhibition examines the complex narrative of the African-American suburb from the 20th century to today, looking to communities such as Hempstead, NY, Ferguson, MO, and Shaker Heights, OH, as case studies for a contradictory yet hopeful dream. Pentagram’s Eddie Opara and team designed exhibition graphics and print materials for Black Suburbia which address the unique triumphs and challenges of the black suburban struggle.


Developed in collaboration with the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, Black Suburbia, tackles issues such as suburban segregation, institutional discrimination, and residential racism in black communities from the late 1800s to current day. Opara wanted to stress the severity of these issues in the exhibition’s logo, which sets type within an upside-down American flag. The application references the United States Flag Code, which states that the flag “should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” The red stripes of the flag are echoed throughout the titling of the exhibition.

The exhibition design combines A2–Type’s Outsiders & Typewriter with Klim’s Founders Grotesk.

Parlour identity

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A typographic identity program pairing Typewriter and Univers 39 Thin

Designer, Catherine Griffiths, writes: ‘Asked by Justine Clark and Naomi Stead to design a logo for a new community-based resource (part of a wider research project, Equity and Diversity: Women, Leadership and the Architecture Profession), we (JC, NS and I) set to work with FLO, derived from the name of Australia’s first registered woman architect, but this quickly changed when it was realised some of what she stood for was unfitting! By fate we were led to PARLOUR: “a space to speak — bringing together research, informed opinion and resources; generating debate and discussion; expanding the spaces for women in Australian architecture”.

The Nature of Photographs

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Typewriter in use in this photography primer by Stephen Shore

The Nature of Photographs is the essential primer of photography, not only for students but for anyone with an interest in the medium. This book grew out of a college course that Stephen Shore, one of the world’s most influential photographers, taught for many years. In this book, Shore explores ways of understanding photographs from all periods and all types — from iconic images to found photographs, from negatives to digital files.

A primer on how to look at and understand photographs
‘The Nature of Photographs’ contains images from all eras of photography
The book’s aim is to describe the physical & formal attributes of a photograph