Richard Niessen is an experimental graphic designer from the Netherlands. His poster series Palace of Typographic Masonry explores principles of design and decoration by way of intricate arrangements of text and ornament. Niessen’s astonishing posters appear in the exhibition “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Lustig Elements is a new typeface by Craig Welsh and Elaine Lustig Cohen, inspired by modular letterforms designed by Alvin Lustig in the 1930s. Lustig was inspired by Oliver Byrne’s classic work, The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid. Welsh will discuss the evolution of Lustig Elements, soon to be released as a digital typeface by P22 and as a wood face by Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. The evening will include clips from an exclusive interview with Elaine and, if possible, a chance to meet this design legend in person.

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