Armenian design explored in Lincoln


An exhibition celebrating Armenia’s unique typography will take place in Lincoln Cathedral’s Wren Library in July, thanks to a University of Lincoln graphic design lecturer, Carolyn Puzzovio.


The event, Armenian Type Now, will showcase the design of letters for the Armenian alphabet as well as hand lettering, book and typeface design. It is being held as part of the UN-designated International Year of Languages to promote ‘Unity in Diversity and Global Understanding’ in 2008, and will also be visited by three representatives of the Armenian Ministry of Culture.


Carolyn has carried out extensive research into the Armenian alphabet, which is unusual because it has 38 characters and is culturally significant and central to the country’s national identity.


She said: “This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see an artistically beautiful typography. Armenia has an unusual culture – a Christian country among mainly Muslim ones – and its own distinctive alphabet. I think the exhibition will attract anyone who has an interest in typography, in languages or in Armenia itself.”


Last year Carolyn created digitally available Armenian typefaces which incorporate both Armenian and Latin characters to help in improving international communication and make use of new technology developments. Her work brought her to the attention of the Armenian authorities who have also invited her to visit the country and judge a type design competition.


The members of the Armenian Ministry of Culture in Yerevan are: Edik Ghabuzyan, Head of the Department for Creating and Keeping Armenian fonts of National Book Chamber; Gagik Khachatryan, Culture Relations, Education and Science and Angella Poghosova, a translator and lecturer of English for the Educational Centre ‘ALGO’. They will be welcomed to the city by the Mayor elect at the Guildhall on 7 July.


The exhibition will open to the public from 11am-3pm from 7-12 July (except Sunday) in Lincoln Cathedral’s Wren Library. Entry to the exhibition is free.