Journals, conferences and exhibitions


Exhibition in the Department of Typography and Graphic CommunicationWe edit and in some cases design, key publications in our discipline.

Typography Papers

This refereed book-length series (Paul Stiff, founder editor, 1996) has been internationally acknowledged as setting a quality benchmark for research and scholarship. This series has, since 2005, been published by Hyphen Press in London, with distribution by Princeton Architectural Press in North and South America, further validating its status and high profile.

Information design journal

IDJ is the principal journal in its field with an international editorial advisory board. Founded by Rob Waller in 1979, Paul Stiff is a past editor, and it is currently co-edited by Sue Walker with the University of Tilburg.

Journal of the Printing Historical Society

Journal of the Printing Historical Society is a well-regarded, refereed publication distributed in the UK, Europe and North America, and was edited by Peggy Smith to 2006.

The Ephemerist

The journal of the Ephemera Society is edited by Rob Banham.


We referee papers for key journals in our field including The Design Journal, Perception, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Convergence, Digital Creativity, British Journal of Educational Technology and the Private Libraries Association Journal, and sit on editorial boards of Design Issues, the Journal of Legal Information Design, the International Journal of Digital Typography, and the 'Tools and techniques for computer typesetting' series (Addison Wesley).

We also contribute regularly to professional design periodicals, such as Eye, Baseline and Dot Dot Dot; and to prestigious publications, including the Dictionary of Literary Biography, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, and the Dictionary of National Biography.


Staff are actively engaged in the inauguration and organisation of conferences and seminars including:

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd International conferences in Typography & Visual Communication 2002, 2004, 2007, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki
  • Information Design Conference 2007, which was held in March in Greenwich. Rob Waller (Conference Director), Sue Walker (Programme Committee Convenor), and Paul Stiff were members of the organizing committee. The conference attracted 110 people from 20 countries. Selected papers will appear in Information Design Journal,
  • Friends of St Bride Library annual conference
  • L'institut d'Histoire du Livre (Lyon): Eric Kindel, Michael Twyman and Peggy Smith have organized research seminars and symposia with L'institut d'Histoire du Livre (Lyon), on 'Stencil letters/Lettres au pochoir' in 2003 and the 'Golden age of the Lyonnaise book and its bibliographical future in the electronic age' in 2004.
  • The annual conference of AtypI (Association Typographique Internationale) which was held in Brighton in 2007


Staff research has resulted in some major exhibitions.

  • The Musée de l'imprimerie de Lyon invited Michael Twyman to curate a major exhibition on chromolithography in 2007, and Mosley to be chief commissaire of 'Le romain du roi: la typographie au service de l'etat', an exhibition in 2002 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the publication of the book for which the type was originally made.
  • In 2006 Martin Andrews curated the first major exhibition in Ireland of the work of Robert Gibbings,

Non-latin typefaces

  • In conjunction with the St Bride Printing Library, Fiona Ross and Gerry Leonidas curated two exhibitions to accompany a non-Latin typefaces conference and workshop held in London and Reading.
  • Paul Stiff and Petra Cerne Oven curated an exhibition on Edward Wright – painter, object maker, typographer, writer, and teacher as part of 'The optimism of modernity' AHRC-funded project and drawing on materials held in the Department's archives.

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