Carl Dair (typographer/graphic designer)

Quick Facts

Carl Dair (Harris Carleton Dair )
Born: February 14, 1912 (Welland, Ontario)
Died: September 28, 1967 (Toronto, Canada)
Citizenship: Canadian
Education: Primarily a self-taught designer, Cair studied type design and manufacture in 1956 and 1957 in the Netherlands.
Awards: He received international recognition with a silver medal at the Internationale Buchkunst-Austellung in Leipzig, East Germany (1959). He was also awarded the Arts medal by the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1962.
Memberships: A founding executive member of the Typographic Designers of Canada, he became a fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) in 1967.

Known for

Carl Dair was a largely self-taught type and graphic designer. He is best known for creating Cartier — Canada’s first roman typeface (1967) for Canada’s centennial. After his death, his typeface descended into two lines: Raleigh, and Cartier Book.

As a fervent advocate of good typographic design, he made a lasting impact upon Canadian typography and graphic design. His book Design with Type published in 1952 (revised in 1967) is a classic work in the field of design. It was the first Canadian work to be chosen as Book of the Year by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Carl Dair was a talented typographer, designer, writer, lecturer and scholar.

Just as every musical score has its home key, in typography the contrast of size of the typographic elements is almost a prerequisite for all other contrasts. A strong contrast in the size of the elements is basic, and all other contrasts are extra effects introduced into relationship.

Carl Dair (Design with type)

More in-depth information about Carl Dair and his work:

Carl Dair at Enschedé
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