On Thursday 7 March at 6.30 pm, we kindly invite you to join us in the CAC Reading Room for the second event of our series The Graphic Design Archives, which will be hosted on this occasion by the Lithuanian graphic designer Gailė Pranckūnaitė.

Many people visit the CAC Reading Room to absorb knowledge from a diverse range of books. However, what often goes unnoticed are those who come to appreciate design elements such as book covers, text layouts, design solutions, binding methods, and more. 

The collection of books in the CAC Reading Room is not only a valuable repository of knowledge but also a versatile archive of graphic design artefacts. To honour and showcase the work of these designers, the CAC Reading Room initiated the event series The Graphic Design Archives. The series aims to bring together a community of practitioners by inviting them to talk about their experiences and show work in progress to a broader audience. While many of us are familiar with a designer’s finished products, such as the posters in our towns and cities, exhibition identities, or publication typesetting, The Graphic Design Archives series seeks to shed light on what often remains unseen or unspoken about – the creative process, experimentation, and, of course, the inevitable failures.

The second event of The Graphic Design Archives series is hosted by Vilnius-based graphic designer Gailė Pranckūnaitė. Pranckūnaitė will present ‘Chronology’ – a printed map and presentation that focuses on her personal experience of creating fonts over the last ten years. Chronologically and circularly going through the archives of font files, the purpose of this presentation is to show the whole process of creating typefaces – from initial sketches and failed attempts to finalised and re-edited versions, going back and forth in time to capture the development of designing letters and their changing environments. 

Following the event, the map will be on view in the CAC Reading Room throughout March.

In her practice, Gailė Pranckūnaitė focuses on experimental typography. She graduated from the graphic design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2013 and since then has worked on numerous commissions for artists, writers, art and film institutions, museums and universities. 


The Graphic Design Archives series is partly funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.