Posters on Display

Designs at Work and Play

Poster for 'Medieval Writing Materials' Session at the 2013 International Congress on Medieval Studies, with layout in the font BembinoAs we prepare the Posters for our Sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in May 2015, and as we complete the new revision of our Style Manifesto, we review the evolution of the designs for the Posters, other promotional materials, and the printed pages of publications.

They began with the design of our logo, completed by 1989 in its first form in black-and-white outlines and augmented with colors by 2000.  There soon followed, with the creation of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence (then based at the Parker Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge), a series of designs including the first versions of our Letterhead, the Invitations to our Seminars on “The Evidence of Manuscripts” held both there and elsewhere (1989-1995), our Style Manifesto, and the first of especially designed characters (for printing Old English, Middle English, and other languages).

This dedication led in time to the design in full of our own multilingual digital font Bembino, now appearing on this website and in many of our Publications.  The font is available for download for FREE here.

Until Bembino, our preferred font was Adobe Garamond, in which appear our first publications and co-publications, including

The evolution of designs and layout for the Pages and Posts of our website, in both the first version in Drupal (2006-2016), archived online during transition between that site and the new one (2014 and this newer version (2014-2016) in WordPress, belongs to another story, albeit related to this one.

The interrelation of those two forms, in print and online, can be seen, for example, in our choice for two media in the publication of our RGME-newsletter, ShelfMarks (2014-), available both in print and online, each appropriately with its own ISSN:  ShelfMarks (Print) ISSN 2377-4096 and ShelfMarks (Online) ISSN 2377-4118.  The printed version, available both in print and in pdf format, conforms specifically to our design layout, and employs Bembino, as now do all our Posters, Program Booklets, and related materials.

With the WordPress version of our website (from 2014), we began to post the Posters and other printed materials relating to our events.  Mostly they appear within the posts or pages concerning the specific event.

Here, the series of exhibition galleries gather a sampling of these materials, in a parade across time and space recording specific occasions, projects, purposes, and celebrations in our history. We start with the designs for our Posters (here), and then turn to other forms of our Layout Designs.

I. Posters

For our sponsored and co-sponsored Events, including Conference Sessions

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2015 RGME Session 1 'Predicting the Past' Poster
Year 4 of our posters for sessions at the Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies. Poster 1.
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2015 RGME Session 1 'Predicting the Past' Poster              2015 RGME Session 2 'Making It or Faking It' Poster                 2015 'Ideal Kingship' Session Poster corrected 22 May 2015          2015 RGME & Societas Magica Sessions Poster 1 'Efficacious Words'                 2015 RGME & Societas Magica Sessions Poster 2 'Magic Sung, Spoken, Inscribed & Printed'                 2015 Societas Magica, RGME, PICA Reception Invitation                 2015 'Style Manifesto' version April 2015 page 1           2015 Zodiac Cards poster 1                 2015 Zodiac Cards poster 2                 2014 ShelfMarks-1-1 page 1                 2014 Colloquium Poster                 2014 Save the Date 16-17 May 2014 Symposium                 2014 'Recollections of the Past' Symposium Poster                 2014 'Neglected Empire' Sessions Poster 1                 2014 'Neglected Empire' Sessions Poster 2                 2014 'Individual Style' Session Poster                 2014 RGME & Societas Magica 'Visualizing Magic' Session Poster                 2014 Societas Magica & RGME Reception Invitation                 2013 RGME Sessions Poster 1 'Current Issues in Middle English Palaeography'                 2013 RGME Sessions Poster 2 'Making of Medieval Manuscripts'               2013 RGME & Societas Magica (3) 'Water Symbolism' Session Poster 1 (as Scheduled)       2013 RGME & Societas Magica (1) 'Astrology & Magic' Session Poster           2013 RGME & Societas Magica (4) 'Water Symbolism' Session Poster 2 (as Cancelled)       2013 Save the Date 22-23 March 2013 Symposium       2013 RGME & Societas Magica (2) 'Material Culture of Magic' Session Poster       2013 'Medieval Writing Materials' (Year 3) Session Poster       2013 'Medieval Manuscripts in North American Collections' Session Poster       2013 'Identity & Authenticity' Symposium Poster 1 (22-23 March 2013)       2013 'Identity & Authenticity' Symposium Poster 2 (22-23 Mar 2013)       2012 'Medieval Writing Materials' (Year 2) Session Poster       2012 'Material and Craft Aspects of Book Production' Session Poster       2012 'In a Knotshell' Lecture Poster       2011 'Medieval Writing Materials' Session Poster       2010 'Manuscripts versus Photography' Lecture Poster       2006 RGME logo2 for Website       2006 Bembino Booklet Cover       2003 'Innovations for Editing' Colloquium Booking Form       2003 'Innovations for Editing' Colloquium Poster       2002 'Form and Order in the Anglo-Saxon World' Colloquium Poster       2001 'Dating Service or Dating Game' Workshop Poster       2000 'Canterbury and the Bible' Symposium revised Program as single page              2000 'Canterbury and the Bible' Symposium Poster              1999 'Apocalypse in Word and Image' Symposium Poster              1999 'Apocalypse in Word and Image' Symposium Announcement              1998 'Bible and the Liturgy' Symposium Poster              1997 'Late-Antique Bible' Symposium Poster              1996 'Carolingian Bible' Symposium Poster              1995 'Bible and the Visual Arts' Symposium Program Page 2              1995 'Bible and the Visual Arts' Symposium Program Page 1              1995 'Bible and the Visual Arts' Symposium Poster              1994 Invitation to 'Canterbury Manuscripts' Seminar on 19 September 1994              1991 Invitation to 'Technical Literature' Seminar on 13 Jul 1991              1991 'Canterbury at Corpus' Exhibition Booklet Cover sans photo              1989 Invitation to 'Legal Manuscripts' Seminar on 16 Dec 1989           1989 Design of logo1
Year 4 of our posters for sessions at the Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies. Poster 1.

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The next Gallery exhibits the evolving forms of Layout Designs for Invitations, Announcements, Pages, and Covers.

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An interview with our Font & Layout Designer describes the processes in the evolution of our designs. Here.

[Published on 10 May 2015, with updates]