A Font and the Search for One Man's Fate

Letterform Lecture Series with Carolyn Porter
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During World War II, Frenchman Marcel Heuzé mailed letters to his wife and three young daughters from a labor camp in Berlin.  His beautiful looping cursive carried tender words of love along with testimony about day-to-day survival inside the camp.  Sixty years later, graphic designer and type designer Carolyn Porter found Marcel's letters at an antique store in Stillwater, Minnesota and began to transform his handwriting into a modern computer font.  After having his letters translated, she became obsessed with finding answers to the questions: Who was Marcel? Why had he been imprisoned in Germany? Why were his letters for sale halfway around the world?  And most importantly, did Marcel survive?

Carolyn Porter is a graphic designer, type designer, and writer.  Her first font, P22 Marcel Script, garnered four international honors including a Certificate for Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club, typeface competitions by Communication Arts and Prints magazines, and was a selection for the 2015 Project Passion exhibition.  Her book Marcel's Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man's Fate was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, was the Paris Book Festival winner, and won gold medals from IPPY and the Military Writer's Society of America.

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