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Charles Nix, AAS Faculty: An award-winning 1000-page dichotomous key?

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The jury of the 2012 Type Directors Club design competition (Eric Janssen Strohl, Kevin Smith, Jason Schulte, Jason Santa Maria, Louise Fili, Ray Fenwick, and Frank Chimero), have selected Nix’s design for the Flora Novae Angliae by Arthur Haines (Yale University Press, 2011). Niz is former chair of the Communication Design program. The Flora is a thousand-page dichotomous key—a very long “if/then” statement (“If your plant reproduces by spores and does not produce seeds and fruits, then go to page 2. If your plant has stems that are conspicuously jointed…then go to page 58.” and so on). It’s a tool for botanists in New England to identify all plants, from a specimen in hand to the Latin species (and sometimes subspecies) name.

The book is copiously illustrated with exquisite black and white line drawings by the amazing illustrators Elizabeth Farnsworth and Gordon Morrison, and is set in 8/9.75 pt ClearviewText Light, designed by James Montalbano, a long standing part-time faculty member of the Communication Design program. It was printed and bound by Courier Printing in Westford Massachusetts.

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