In Your Face
Some people are honored with statues, others have plaques commemorating their deeds. As for Ray Prince ... he gets a typeface.
Prince, a longtime benefactor and friend of California Polytechnic State University’s Graphic Communication Department, has been forever immortalized with Prince Bold, a digital reconstruction of a wood type font originally named Roman XX Condensed. Cal Poly Professor Brian Lawler recreated the typeface and presented it during the department’s 2016 International Graphic Communication Week banquet, held in January.
“Ray Prince has become an icon at Cal Poly for the support he has provided to the Graphic Communication Department through wisdom and resources,” says Ken Macro, chair of the department. “He is a philosopher of printing, and it is befitting that his name will live on in perpetuity through a revival display typeface.”
Prince is responsible for the Raymond J. Prince Graphic Arts Collection at Cal Poly — the largest library collection of its kind. He donated $2.3 million to Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department last fall to preserve the history and knowledge of the printing and imaging industry. PI