The function of typography is the art of communication - where the image of letters are linked together into lines of words, of sentences and have an ease that is inherent in the design of the typeface. When we are conscious of the direct impact of the author, we seize the flow of his ideas as they stream across the page.
(from “The Eyes of Nemesis: Typographic Reflections on the Book,” a 1962 lecture reprinted in A Typographic Journey, 1999)
Left: photo courtesy Dennis Letbetter; Right: Jack Werner Stauffacher, Print from Wooden Letters from 300 Broadway, 1998, Letterpress, Gift of the 2012 Decorative Arts and Design Acquisition Committee. (DA2)