David Shields

David Shields is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He is currently focused on research of histories of 19th and early 20th century typographic form and visual culture. This research grows from his earlier investigations of Rob Roy Kelly’s American Wood Type Collection. He is also exploring the visual possibilities inherent in experimental hybrid combinations of historical type production methods with contemporary digital type production practices. He keeps a (slow) blog of current facets of his research at Wood Type Research.