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What’s Your Type?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

6-9 pm

Entire museum is open

Cash bar | Small plates menu available from the Hawthorne Hotel



6-9 pm
Art Making | Create Space 1

Print your own notecard from a variety of wood cuts with the Museum of Printing (while supplies last).

“Woodcut, occasionally known as xylography, is a relief printing technique in printmaking. An artist carves an image into the surface of a block of wood—typically with gouges—leaving the printing parts level with the surface while removing the non-printing parts.”  – Wikipedia

DJ | Atrium

DJ Forrest James keeps the crowd moving all night long.

Graphic Design Challenge | North Spine

Vote for your favorite logo redesigns, old vs. new with PEM’s Creative Services team.


Fonts & Prints in the Museum | Atrium

Explore type in our collection with a brief timeline, examples of printers blocks, Clipper Ship advertisement cards and more with staff from our Phillips Library.

Check out the tiny fonts featured in the small book display in the Sizing it Up exhibition!

Scavenger Hunt | Various Galleries

Can you find the fonts? Try and match all of the pictured fonts to the text in the galleries. Materials available at PEM/PM Welcome Table.


Temporary Tattoos | Atrium

What’s your type? Create a custom temporary tattoo using different fonts from Fonts.com.

Type-Themed Cocktails | Atrium Cash Bar

Head to the bar to try out some font-tastic drinks like the Din & Tonic, Times New Roman & Coke, Tahoma Sunrise, and Text on the Beach.

6:30-7:30 pm

Chalk Art | Atrium

Watch Boston artist Catherine Owens transform a sandwich board with PEM flare.

Catherine Owens is a Boston-based Food & Agriculture professional with a penchant for chalk-borne creativity and vintage sewing machines. Born and bred from a long line of southern farm folk, her creative spirit thrives on hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves projects with a tangible result.

After years of science-based grad school and general left-brainedness, she began tinkering with chalk and typography in 2012. Other creative hobbies soon followed, commissioned projects began to pile up, and Catherine started Chalk & Ink with the vision of growing her creative whims under a unified brand as time goes by.

When she is not perched high on a ladder or hammering rivets on the basement floor, Catherine handles food logistics, design & social media, and non-alcoholic beverages for Journeyman in Union Square, Somerville.

For more insight into her work and wanderings, find her on Instagram: @chalk_and_ink

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7-8 pm

Dribbble Analog Playoffs | Create Space 2

Tackle a type-themed redesign challenge. The audience chooses the winner.

7-8:15 pm

Film | Morse Auditorium

Linotype: The Film is a documentary that tells the charming story of the people connected to the Linotype type casting machine and how it revolutionized printing and society. (75 minutes)

7:30-8:30 pm

Sign Painting | Atrium

Best Dressed Signs of Boston will show off their skills with a live demo.


8 pm

Type Quiz | Bartlett Gallery

The first person that get’s the correct answer to a quiz question wins a prize, from t-shirts, hats, limited-edition posters, to fonts and a few surprises.

Supporter – Lowell Institute
Print Partner – The Scarlet Letter Press and Gallery
Media Partner – Creative Salem