Thanks University of Minnesota Typography I students!
This afternoon I had the pleasure of telling Bill Moran’s University of Minnesota Typography I students about the design of the font P22 Marcel Script, then the story behind the font.
It is always my honor to share Marcel’s story, and I try to tailor each presentation to the audience. One of the things I did today, knowing the audience would be younger, was that I asked if any of the young men in the class were 21 years old (two were). I explained that if we were in France in 1944, they would be headed to Germany as forced civilian laborers. That claim was based on the second wave of STO regulations that mandated men born in 1921, 1922 or 1923 go to Germany in lieu of a year of French military service.. I asked them how it felt. They did not outright answer; I think they were still processing the reality of the situation. But they agreed it was a terrifying prospect.
After the presentation, several of the students come up to me and shook my hand (including one of the 21-year-old male students). One of the students confessed she had considered skipping the class, as the prospect of a guest lecturer had not held much appeal. But, she said she was glad she hadn’t. She said she hadn’t read a “for fun” book in years, but said she couldn’t wait for Marcel’s Letters to come out!