Ottoman Foundations of Turkish Typography: A Field Theory Approach

Ozkal O.

DESIGN ISSUES, vol.34, no.3, pp.59-75, 2018 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1162/desi_a_00497
  • Title of Journal : DESIGN ISSUES
  • Page Numbers: pp.59-75


This paper examines the formation of the field of typography in the Ottoman Empire from within a field-based perspective. By approaching typography as a strategic action field, it analyzes the typographic environment and its various actors from mid-nineteenth to early twentieth centuries according to the criteria of field formation. Through explicatory historical evidence, it demonstrates that the field of typography was in the process of formation in the late Ottoman period.