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Typology of Typography

The Typographic Designs of Peter Bella at IPFW’s Visual Arts Gallery

By Eddie Torres

Fort Wayne Reader


Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Peter Bella's current exhibition at IPFW’s Visual Arts Gallery suggests that typographic form can exist, and more importantly, communicate in three-dimensional space, indicating typography can be articulated and understood as sculptural form.

Bella has created his own typefaces — one in particular based on the handwriting of his grandfather — and uses the work to examine how design takes its influences and inspiration from history, art, and culture. The stories and inspiration behind some of Bella’s typefaces are almost as interesting as the work itself.

In his artist’s statement, Bella writes: “Designers and practitioners… often discount that type design and application are highly interrelated by the influences of art and humanity. Through this inquiry into the typology of typography, an examination of form and symbolism in typography throughout the 20th century initiates a discourse concerning the voice of typography for the 21st century and beyond.”

February 22 - March 27
IPFW Visual Arts Gallery
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends.

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