Typographic Culture Wars

By: Peggy Bloomer  

Typography has always been an expressive artifact of culture. Blackletter fonts simplified and extended access to written materials in the late Middle Ages. These fonts became the typeface of the reformation and spread throughout Europe. Later these fonts became associated with German literature and with the rise of Modernism fell out of style. Rising nationalism returned Blackletter fonts as of the people. After World War II, Blackletter fonts fell out of style once again except to express medieval and other seasonal expressions. This study considers how many contemporary cultural currents have placed Blackletter fonts in prominence once more fed by cultural currents such as tattoos, gangs, tribalism, edgy logos, and a resurgence of nationalism.

Typography, Blackletter, Fonts, Culture Wars, Nationalism, Medieval, Modernism, Tattoos
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Peggy Bloomer

Quinnipiac University

I earned my dissertation from the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Wallis, Switzerland earning a PhD in Media and Communications. The topic is “Epic Mythology in Digital Narratives.” One of the things that I have tried to do in earning this PhD is to combine my earlier concentration in Medieval Literature with my current practice and teaching of digital design. I currently teach interactive digital design as an adjunct at Quinnipiac University, graphic design in the Connecticut University system.