Listasafn Islands

The letter ð

Anton Kaldal Ágústsson, Gunnar Vilhjálmsson and Steinar Ingi Farestveit are graphic designers that have for years researched the letter ð and its history. They teamed up the historian Stefán Pálsson to write the letters biography and have resently puplished the book ð biography
Gísli B. Björnsson, one of the most dynamic graphic designers in the history of 20th century Icelandic design will also share different traditions and methods of writing ð- through the centuries.

Moderator: Hörður Lárusson, graphic designer.

ð biography
Letters which fall outside the traditional grid of Latin typography are a challenge to all type designers. One of these is the letter ð. It is used in all Icelandic and Faroese texts, and has relatives throughout the world in the form of d's with stroke. The letter ð was not used in Icelandic publications for the first two and a half centuries of Icelandic publishing. Its presence in Icelandic, and later Faroese, was brought about by the Romantic Era and can mainly be attributed to one man, Danish linguist Rasmus Rask. The letter was originally used in English works from the Elizabethan era, which featured fragments from texts relating to Britain's Anglo-Saxon heritage. The book tells the story of this difficult and unique letter and presents suggestions on how to integrate the letter with the Latin set of characters.
The typographical designers Fred Smeijers and Toshi Omagari specifically designed new versions of ð for the book, which is published by Crymogea.

Iceland Design Centre lecture series in collaboration with The Iceland Academy of the Arts and The Reykjavík Art Museum.
The panel discussion will be held in Icelandic.

Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús, Thursday, November 22nd at 8 PM.  Entrance is free and open to all.


Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 03.35.2015