Cal Poly Art Gallery to Exhibit Stössinger’s ‘Type Design’ Sept. 22 to Oct. 20

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Type Design: A Journey” by artist Nina Stössinger in her first solo exhibition from Sept. 22 to Oct. 20.

The exhibit will open with a talk by Stössinger, a Swiss typeface designer, at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in Room 123 of the Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering Building (No. 8) on campus. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34).

The exhibition traces Stössinger’s journey into typeface design, from her first published font family through her more recent work including typeface design, sketches and lettering. Her documented processes, explorations and final results will be on display. They tell a story of discovering the formal language of letterforms and the myriad forms they can take.

“Good typography is essential to good graphic design, and we can all benefit from what Nina can teach us,” said Bruno Ribiero, professor of graphic design. “The appreciation for the details in typeface design improves anyone’s skills, not only in design, but in any craft one chooses.”

The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

About the Artist

Nina Stössinger is currently a senior typeface designer at Frere-Jones Type in Brooklyn. She previously worked as an independent typeface designer, typographer, graphic designer, and tool developer in the Netherlands and in her native Switzerland.

She graduated with a degree in multi-media design from Burg Giebichenstein University of Art Halle/Germany, where she discovered her love for type. She also earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in type design from Zurich University of the Arts and a Master of Arts in type and media from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

Stössinger teaches type design at Yale School of Art, serves on the board of directors of the Type Directors Club, and has spoken at numerous international events and conferences. Her work has been awarded the Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the Type Directors Club, the Certificate of Excellence from the International Society of Typographic Designers, the iF communication design award, the Award of Excellence from Communication Arts and more. After being featured in group shows across three continents, this is Stössinger’s first solo exhibition.


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About the Cal Poly University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery is a venue for helping to nurture creativity, empathy, innovation, design skills, storytelling, and big-picture thinking by bringing bold thinkers, emerging and established artists, and creative professionals to campus. Providing a venue for five exhibitions each academic year, the University Art Gallery serves Cal Poly and the surrounding area. The gallery showcases nationally and internationally known artists, as well as student, alumni and faculty artwork.

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