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Hand-bound type specimen books created by the 2019 second-year Graphic Arts students.

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE — At the end of the 2019 Winter Term, second-year Graphic Arts (GA) students at South Hills School of Business & Technology's Main Campus in State College presented their capstone projects following the completion of the three typography classes in the program. The assignment challenged the students with creating a hand-bound type specimen book.

A type specimen book is a printed brochure, catalog, or book published by type foundries and printers to demonstrate the range and quality of their work or to introduce a new font to consumers. Type specimen books have been an essential part of the printing trade since the 15th century.

To create their type specimen books, the GA students were required to feature a single font with a range of variations and choose a topic about which to create the content for the book. They presented their finished type specimen books to their peers, the GA faculty, and other South Hills faculty and staff. Ray Liddick, GA Program Coordinator, provided additional commentary about the artists’ processes, emphasizing the lessons each student learned throughout the process.

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