Pay it forward
Rubén Fontana devised a system for teaching typography that is grounded in Argentina’s culture and politics
Designer Rubén Fontana (b.1942) is a figurehead of design and design education in Argentina. Fontana endured the effects of the coups and periods of military rule during the 1960s and 70s. ‘Dictatorship dealt a blow to everything on a social and cultural level,’ says Fontana. ‘We were at an impasse; we just worked to survive.’
Top: Rubén Fontana’s tipoGráfica no. 1, July 1987, published in Buenos Aires.
Sarah Snaith, design writer, editor and tutor, RCA, London
Read the full version in Eye no. 98 vol. 25, 2019
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