Font designer: Joseph Churchward

In 2008, I co-curated a small show in our Illot Gallery about Samoan-born graphic designer Joseph Churchward, who has hand-crafted about 570 fonts to date. Last year, Joseph received the John Britten Award, from the Designers Institute of New Zealand, for outstanding leadership, vision and achievement in the field of type design. Here are four of my favourite Churchward font designs: 

  • Churchward Design
Churchward Design Print Negative; by Joseph Churchward; Te Papa Tongarewa; Purchased 2008

Churchward Design Print Negative; by Joseph Churchward; Te Papa Tongarewa; Purchased 2008

  • Churchward Marianna
Churchward Marianna Black Print Negative; by Joseph Churchward; Te Papa Tongarewa; Purchased 2008

Churchward Marianna Black Print Negative; by Joseph Churchward; Te Papa Tongarewa; Purchased 2008

  • Churchward Maori
Churchward Maori 1983 Hand Drawn Board; by Joseph Churchward; Te Papa Tongarewa; Purchased 2008

Churchward Maori 1983 Hand Drawn Board; by Joseph Churchward; Te Papa Tongarewa; Purchased 2008

  • Churchward Alefapeta (Alphabet) Samoa
Churchward Alefapeta Samoa Poster; by Joseph Churchward; Te Papa Tongarewa; Purchased 2008

Churchward Alefapeta Samoa Poster; by Joseph Churchward; Te Papa Tongarewa; Purchased 2008

2 Responses

  1. Curious

    Hi,
    In the exhibition (which by the way was fascinating) there was mention of a book being published about Churchward’s work. Do you know if the book has been published and where it may be available for purchase. I haven’t had any luck finding it and they don’t appear to have it stocked in the Te Papa store.
    Can you shed any light on this?
    thanks.

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