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Dora Pritchett, Dora Laing, Patricia Saunders…the invisible women of Monotype’s Type Drawing Office

Savoie, A. and Ross, F. ORCID: (2021) Dora Pritchett, Dora Laing, Patricia Saunders…the invisible women of Monotype’s Type Drawing Office. In: Levit, B. (ed.) Baseline Shift; Untold stories of women in graphic design history. Princeton Architectural Press, New York, pp. 110-119. ISBN 9781648960062

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The British Monotype Corporation produced some of the most popular typefaces of the twentieth century, the great majority of which were originated or art directed by prominent male designers. Yet little is known of the crucial contribution to these designs by the company’s Type Drawing Office, a Department essentially staffed by women. Based on thorough research in the Monotype archives, this essay discusses the key role played by the women of the Monotype Type Drawing Office in the making of many celebrated typefaces. It examines these women’s status and responsibilities at one of the leading type-manufacturing companies of the twentieth century. The essay also highlights the hitherto undocumented yet vital contributions of some of the TDO’s long-standing members, which include Dora Pritchett, Dora Laing and Patricia Saunders.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Typography & Graphic Communication
ID Code:94802
Uncontrolled Keywords:Women in type, type drawing offices, type design
Publisher:Princeton Architectural Press

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