Archive for the ‘type design’ Category

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

Traveling type exhibit opens tomorrow

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

An ambitious new type exhibit, including work by Matthew Carter, Gerard Unger, Jonathan Barnbrook, and Martin Majoor as well as what they call “talented newcomers to the field” opens at University of the West of England tomorrow, October 24. After that it travels many places, including Birmingham Institute of Art and Design; University of Northumbria; Bauhaus University, Wiemar;
and Museum fur Druck-Kunst, Leipzig. For details and samples, go here.

–Bob McCamant

Newberry Announces Fellowship

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The Newberry Library, whose collections have inspired many type designers and design historians, is announcing the deadline for its $2000 Wineburg fellowship. They have a ready-to-post flyer. Application deadline is January 15.

Filmmaker seeks donations to complete documentary of Jim Rimmer

Friday, March 19th, 2010

I’m posting this on behalf of Richard Kegler, the filmmaker whose Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century — a documentary of type designer and type founder Jim Rimmer — stands in need of funding if it is to move forward. Kegler’s obituary of Jim Rimmer, who passed away this winter, will appear in the fall 2010 issue of Parenthesis. Read Richard Kegler’s appeal for donations below. Click here to donate.

About this project

Two years ago I shot footage (in HD video) for a documentary on possibly the only person who designed and fabricated fonts in both digital and metal formats. This person, Jim Rimmer, has died this year and this delayed project is in need of finishing. My commitments to starting a book arts center and making it work in one of the poorest cities in America has taken more of my time and resources than ever imagined.

With additional funds I can secure finishing assistance and be able to produce the film and schedule screenings as well as produce a DVD that will be made available via documentary and educational channels.

The trailer for the film was made with an optimistic target release of Spring 2009. The trailer can be seen on youtube here:…

This project has a dual goal of documenting the almost-lost skill of creating metal fonts and of capturing the personality and work process specifically of practitioner the late Canadian graphic artist Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). P22 type foundry commissioned Mr. Rimmer to create a new type design (Stern) that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and, hand-set metal font in 2008. The skills needed to create a metal font are known by very few people and Mr. Rimmer was generous to a fault when it came to sharing his knowledge. Considering that Jim Rimmer was possibly the only individual who designed and cast typefaces in metal as well as in digital format, this opportunity to document the processes of the historic with the contemporary would not present itself again.

This documentary was begun with a minimal budget but with expectations of a final edited film in Hi-Def digital video that would be accessible and useful for typography professionals and graphic arts schools and to a more general audience interested in motivation and obsession of a fascinating, esoteric and culturally omnipresent field of work. The final film on DVD is planned to be screened at festivals, graphic arts conferences and made available to schools, other interested organizations, individuals and broadcast outlets.

The home stretch in finishing this film is primarily making the time and securing additional assistance in tightening up some detail. Then it will be ready for the world. The lack of firm obligations to backers or release dates made this a hazy obligation. Every kickstarter backer for this project will now be my motivation to have the obligation to get this project finished. Many levels of pledge rewards will provide a pre order opportunity.

Thank you
Richard Kegler

Adrian Frutiger European Design Hall of Fame 2009

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Thierry Hausermann, publisher of the swiss design magazine idPure, interviewed typography legend Adrian Frutiger regarding his European Design Hall of Fame induction.

— Paul Razzell