A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate

Join us for a talk by designer Carolyn Porter about creative curiosity, the importance of passion projects, and the remarkable story behind the bundle of letters that inspired the design of her typeface P22 Marcel Script.

During the depths of World War II, Frenchman Marcel Heuzé mailed letters to his wife and three young daughters from a labor camp in Berlin. His beautiful looping cursive carried tender words of love along with testimony about day-to-day survival inside the camp. Sixty years later, type designer Carolyn Porter found his letters at an antique store in Stillwater, Minnesota and began to transform Marcel’s handwriting into a modern computer font. After having his letters translated, she became obsessed with finding answers to the questions: Who was Marcel? Why had he been imprisoned in Germany? Why were his precious letters for sale halfway around the world? And most importantly: Did Marcel survive?

AIGA Members: $10
AIGA Student Member: $8
Non-Member: $15
Student Non-Member (ID Required): $9

VitalSource is located across from the Chinatown T Station and is accessible by the MBTA Orange Line. There is limited street and metered parking near the venue and several parking garages in the area. Directions on Google maps


Carolyn Porter

Carolyn Porter is a Minnesota-based graphic designer, type designer, and writer. Her first font, P22 Marcel Script, garnered four international honors including a Certificate for Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Director’s Club, typeface competitions by Communication Arts and Print magazines, and was a selection for the 2015 Project Passion exhibition. Her non-fiction book Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, was a Paris Book Festival winner and won gold medals from IPPY and the Military Writer’s Society of America. Carolyn works as a freelance graphic designer and is a member of AIGA Minnesota.



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When & Where
Tue, Apr 23, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
VitalSource Technologies
2 Boylston Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02116