David Osbaldestin is Deputy Course Director of BA (Hons) Graphic Communication at Birmingham City University (BCU) and he has taught internationally for 15 years. Through his studies on the TDi at University of Reading, he has developed his research in Printing History, and is currently a PhD candidate with the Typographic Hub, BCU, investigating the Sanserif in Britain.

A practicing typographer and graphic designer, David manages the BCU live creative agency; a student led design studio and enterprise initiative. He has recently supervised two European research projects (KTP & Keen) in Digital Brand Design funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and the University of Wolverhampton. 

Recent papers:

  • Sanserif; face of information, instruction and industry in the nineteenth century, Vision Plus 2015, Birmingham, UK, September 2015.
  • Sanserif; face of the Gothic and the Grotesque, Gothic Convention, Library of Birmingham, UK, May 2015.
  • Birmingham’s nineteenth century printers and the use of the sanserifThe form of the book, Book History Research Network Study Day, Birmingham City University, UK, December 2014.
  • Sanserif; face of Profit, Purity and Power, Landmarks in Printing: from origins to the digital age, The Printing Historic Society, St Brides, UK, November 2014.

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