Archive for August, 2016

Letterform Archive announces fall talks in San Francisco

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Thirty Two Years of Metafont with Donald Knuth
Tue. Sep. 20 – 6:00PM – 7:30PM
For more details and to register click here. Knuth is a particular hero of mine. Though I never mastered his typesetting system (though I tried, commercial systems always seemed more appropriate for my uses), his “Art of Computer Programming” series of books has solved many a problem I’ve faced over the years.

What’s The Use of Fonts In Use? with Stephen Coles
Tue. Oct. 04
6:00PM – 7:00PM
Free admission, please RSVP.

“Whose Font Is It, Anyway?” …Exploring the Business & Licensing of Type with Christopher Slye
Tue. Oct. 18
6:00PM – 7:30PM
Free admission, please RSVP.

–Bob McCamant

Ink, Press, Repeat opens September 6

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

This exhibition presents a selection of contemporary prints and artists’ books, juried by Phil Sanders, Director of PS Marlowe and former Master Printer of Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. It runs through October 14 at William Paterson University Galleries, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ. The gallery’s web site.
–Bob McCamant

Exploring the Sans Serif in Birmingham

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

If I weren’t planning to be in New Castle Delaware, USA, on September 30 for the start of Oak Knoll Fest, I’d certainly consider taking in the program on offer across the pond in Birmingham, England.

The list of speakers sounds fascinating: Professor James Mosley, University of Reading, Primitive types – the search continues; John A. Lane, Netherlands, New dates for the earliest sans serif printing types: the evidence from the type specimens; Chiara Barbieri, Royal College of Art, London, UK, The resonance of sans serif within and beyond the Scuola del Libro in Milan, 1933-43; Robin Fuller, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Grotesque terminology; Jessica Glaser, University of Wolverhampton/Birmingham City University, UK, ‘Block letters of blockheads’; Jon Melton, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, Revolting sans; Sebastien Morlighem, Ecole superieure d’art et de design, Amiens, France, Nineteenth century sans serif typefaces in France; David Osbaldestin, Birmingham City University, UK, The sans serif in Britain: development, deployment and influence; Ann Pillar, University of Reading, UK, ‘Decoration but not decoration’ Edward Wright’s sans serif letterforms for public buildings, Vaibhav Singh, University of Reading, UK, The ‘sans serif’ beyond Latin?: Univers and the New Nagari project.

The program printed more attractively here. And though it is a free event, you should visit this page to acquire tickets.

–Bob McCamant

Maret sez: landmark event in re-creating the past

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Russell Maret describes a breakthrough which may permit the machine-casting of new typefaces. It may sound like a small thing, but it means a great deal.
–Bob McCamant

More job openings at Arion Press

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

The estimable Arion Press in San Francisco has a trio of openings: The first is a single job in which the person will wear three hats: Pressroom Apprentice, Designer, and Tech Support Position. Read all about it. The other positions are in the bindery; one is a full time position for an experienced binder, while the other is an apprenticeship.

–Bob McCamant