Talks at the Seaport Museum

Drew’s ABCs

A Book Talk with Brenda McManus and Ned Drew

Thursday, March 28 | 6:30 pm | FREE | Registration Recommended

Join the Seaport Museum as Brenda McManus and Ned Drew talk with Doug Close of the TypeDirectors Club to share their story of the exhilarations and tribulations while creating a completely handcrafted, letterpressed book of wood block alphabets. Drew’s ABCs teaches us to learn to see and see to learn, for curious minds ages 2 to 100. The group will talk about this labor of love and the value to contemporary design education they discovered when they brought students into the production process.

Drew’s ABCs is a project of passion that Brenda McManus and Ned Drew, of the design collaborative BRED, have been dreaming about accomplishing for the past 5 years. For over 2 decades they have been collecting and building a library of woodblock type and line engraved images which they recently put into use this limited-edition book of children’s ABCs inspired by their young son. Limited to an edition of 360 copies, the alphabet comes to life on the pages through the use of simple and balanced elements that give way to dynamic and surprising compositions. The concept for the book is to expose the richness of diversity within typography and celebrate its differences.

The project was born out of their shared passion for design, a love for typography, a reverence for design history and an infatuation with the letterpress process. Through the use of their library of type and images they strongly believe in the preservation of these letterpress artifacts as part of a larger, living history. A history, method and practice that they believe creates a profound tool for teaching future generations of typographers about the art of typographic expression and craftsmanship gained from such a physical, hands-on process.

This event will be held at the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. Doors open at 6:15 pm.


Getting Here

By subway: Take the A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street. Upon exiting, walk east on Fulton Street until you reach Water Street. Depending on where you exit, the walk takes between 8 and 15 minutes.

By bus: Take the M-15 SBS or M-15 to Fulton Street. Note: On the M-15 SBS, you must pay at the bus stop before boarding. Walk one block east.

By ferry: The East River Ferry, Water Taxi, and New York Waterway provide service to Pier 11 from Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey. From Pier 11, walk north on South Street for about 5 minutes. Once at Fulton Street, turn left and walk up one block west toward Water Street. From the Staten Island Ferry, the museum is about a mile walk Northeast on Water or South Street.

Parking: Parking in the area is limited. There is a parking lot located at Front and John Streets, just two blocks from Bowne & Co. Another lot is available at 294 Pearl Street.


*As we are located in an historic district please contact the Museum regarding accessibility needs prior to your visit