In the list of Queen’s Birthday Honours was the following Queen’s Service Medal:
Mr Joseph CHURCHWARD, of Wellington.
For services to typography.
With those letters, a man of letters was recognised, and honoured. Joseph has had an astonishing career. He has handcrafted over 570 original typefaces and this makes him the world’s most prolific typeface designer.
Marianna was fat in those days and it was a fat design … You were plumpy … it was plumpy.
Unabated by less favourable reception to his typographic endeavours, Churchward has pursued unsolicited design work throughout his career. He diligently dispatched these typographic ‘suggestions’ to television networks, political parties and government departments. The book’s inclusion of some of the rejection letters to this approach serve as a testimony of his dedication to a life of letters and letterforms – and amusingly includes a polite reply from the Rugby Union manager in 1998, set in Comic Sans.
Congratulations to Joseph on his well deserved honour.
Find out more at Christchurch City Libraries:
- Churchward international typefaces – An overview of the work of Samoan-born New Zealand-based alphabet and advertising designer Churchward by David Bennewith.
- Typography books
More about Joseph Churchward:
- Queen’s service medal for font designer Joseph Churchward – Te Papa blog post
- Letter man: Joseph Churchward’s world of type – Te Papa collection online
- Full character set – Prodesign article on Churchward, and the book about him by David Bennewith
- More letters for NZ typographer – TVNZ’s news item (including video)