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Nov 11, 2010

Bach, Fonts and Rock & Roll

Allan Haley

About this video


Typography and music are a timeless pair – like peanut butter and jelly or blue jeans and a white t-shirt. Typography is often inspired by great music – from Bach to Springsteen and scores of musicians in between. Both typography and music can be classical, improvisational, raucous, lyrical, offbeat, soothing or loud. They also share some basic concepts: counterpoint, rhythm, syncopation, dissonance and harmony. Attend this presentation and you’ll hear Coldplay, Sugarland, Mozart and Buddy Guy – and you’ll see award-winning typography their music could have inspired. Great typography that has roots in music will be analyzed, scrutinized and decoded. You’ll learn why, and how, music can be the perfect catalyst for creating typography that sings with magnetism and verve. Whether you have 1,000 fonts and use them with ease, or you consider yourself typographically challenged, this presentation will inform, inspire and challenge you.


Allan Haley

Allan is Director of Words & Letters at Monotype Imaging where he is responsible for strategic planning and creative implementation of just about everything related to typeface designs. He is also a prolific writer, with five books on type and graphic communication and hundreds of articles for graphic design publications to his credit. Allan is ex officio Chairman of the Board of the Society of Typographic Aficionados, and past President of the New York Type Directors Club. He is a highly regarded educator and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.