Typography, Baseball, and the Fight for Civil Rights
Chad Anderson, Art & Design
9:45-9:55pm | Houston Cole Library, 11th Floor
Typography is ubiquitous. As we navigate our daily routines, fonts compete for our attention. They seek to inform, excite, persuade, tell stories, and more. This demonstration specifically examines how fonts can be leveraged to tell stories — in this case, the story of Black baseball in Birmingham, Alabama. Inspired by the Birmingham Black Barons and their legendary pitcher Satchel Paige, my original font design “Satchel” is a typographic tribute to Negro League baseball and the fight for racial equality in Alabama. The end result is equal parts graphic design technicalities, civil rights history, activism, and sports fanaticism.
student research, art
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Gayda, Conner, "Typography, Baseball, and the Fight for Civil Rights" (2023). JSU Student Symposium 2023. 47.