Why Beatrice Warde still sounds the incessent trumpet of trade


Beatrice Warde: American typographer, writer and scholar. She lived between 1900 and 1969 and spent much of her working life in England. In 1932 she wrote and designed This is a Printing Office, a kind of manifesto for the age of print. Warde believed that that typography should be, “a clearly polished window” through which ideas could be communicated and a defender of freedom. Although the “writer’s hand” may vary when writing on the internet (mine has done so here) , her vision of a place “where words may fly abroad” struck a chord with me. Words flying abroad, I really liked that. “The refuge of all arts against the ravages of time,” was such a beautiful sentence too.