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"Types We Can Make" opens in Compton Gallery

"Types We Can Make: A Selection of Contemporary Swiss Type Design," which opened Sept. 7 in the MIT Museum Compton Gallery, graphically examines the ways in which the field of typography has been radically transformed through the variety of media available today. The exhibition was organized by the MIT Museum in collaboration with the University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland (ECAL), and swissnex Boston.

“Because the teaching of the craft is once again being taken seriously, and consequently it is debated how to set type in a powerful way that establishes meaning, there is a great deal of experimentation in Switzerland at the moment. Many new typefaces are being created … graphic designers and type designers are talking to each other again,” says designer Jonas Vögeli.

Poster illustrations, magazines, corporate identity, and digital scripting projects for interactive design are some of the work on display in the Compton Gallery, located in the main MIT building at 77 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; admission is free. A hardcover catalog with essays and photographic reproductions will be on sale at the MIT Museum Store for $20.

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