School of Art Professor Richard Doubleday Contributes to Bilingual Book, Ornament and Initial

Ornament&InitialRichard Doubleday, assistant professor of graphic design at the LSU School of Art, is the contributer to a bilingual book, published in English and Japanese by PIE Books. Ornament and Initial: Beauty of Graphic Design, 17th–20th Century, by Cees W. de Jong, is an enthusiastic selection of typographic fonts and styles from 17th to early 20th century Europe, tracing the modern evolution of the printed letter.

The book contains reproductions of pages from exquisitely designed catalogs and books showing type, borders, ornaments, initial letters, decorations, and other examples of ornaments and initials. Ornament and Initial is a valuable reference book for graphic designers and students studying design as well as a complete edition of typography in Medieval and Modern European history.

Ornament and Initial is available for purchase from PIE Books and wherever books are sold.


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About Richard Doubleday
Richard Doubleday is an assistant professor of graphic design at the LSU College of Art + Design School of Art and principal of Richard B. Doubleday Design. He has lectured on graphic design history and led workshops in the United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico, United States, and China. He leads an annual workshop at the Nanjing Arts Institute and has been a guest juror at the Tokyo Type Directors Club Annual Awards. Doubleday’s work has been exhibited at international events and competitions and has been published in numerous periodicals and publications. He was elected to the Society of Printers in 2008 and is a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellow. He was recently awarded a travel grant by the Asian Cultural Council in New York City to conduct research in China in June of 2014.

About LSU School of Art
The LSU School of Art combines the best of both worlds: the resources and faculty of a large liberal arts institution and the personal attention that comes in a close-knit community. Students in the School of Art develop specialized skills while experimenting with various mediums, exploring their own creative intuition, and studying art history and contemporary art theory. Education comes from intensive critiques, working studio classes, dedicated professors, and engagement with the larger arts community through a curriculum that combines academic teaching and hands-on experiences, both on and off campus. For more information, visit

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