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4–7 September, 2019

David Shields

David Shields is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He actively researches the typographic history of the nineteenth century and works to demystify and un-erase the underlying connections to contemporary techniques of production and networks of distribution. He is currently working on a book for the University of Texas Press focused on the history and impact of the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection. He keeps a (slow) blog of current facets of his research at He holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.