Archive for the ‘Type’ 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

Good video: Michael and Winifred Bixler Press and Letterfoundry

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

A good profile of typefounder Michael Bixler. Love that foundry and composing room!

Michael and Winifred Bixler Press and Letterfoundry from Mary M Jones on Vimeo.

Thanks to Michael Russem for the link.

— Paul Razzell

Edward Johnston lecture in Chicago

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Edward Johnston in the American WestAndrew Johnston, grandson of famed typographer,
designer, and calligrapher Edward Johnston (most famous for designing the type used to sign the London Underground), has rediscovered some of his grandfather’s accounts of a journey he made by train across North America in 1898.

The public is welcome to attend Andrew’s talk about this journey, Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm, Columbia College, 916 S.Wabash (Room 150), Chicago. There is no charge. Following the presentation, a reception and tour of the Center for Book and Paper Arts will be held at 1104 S. Wabash. Contact with any questions.

–Bob McCamant

Documentary will be part of Hamilton Wood Type Museum’s anniversary celebration

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

“The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, 1619 Jefferson St., will celebrate its 10th anniversary with at least one showing of a documentary about the museum and with an open house. Kartemquin Films out of Chicago made a documentary about the museum last year, according to Jim Moran, printer and archivist for the museum. The film, called “Typeface,” will be shown at the Washington House, 1622 Jefferson St., at 9 p.m. May 29. The showing is part of an appreciation dinner for volunteers who work at the four museums run by the Two Rivers Historical Society, but the film presentation is open to the public. A second showing of the film may be held the next afternoon, Moran said.” read more at the Herald Times Reporter.
–Paul Razzell

Typographic tour of London

Monday, April 6th, 2009

A Typographic Survey of the City of London from Michael Bojkowski on Vimeo.
— Paul Razzell

Mayor proclaims April 25th 2009 Typography Day in Vancouver

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has proclaimed April 25th ‘Typography Day’ in acknowledgement of the conference ‘Justified West: A day of typography,’ which will be held on April 25th, 2009. The conference is hosted by the new Advanced Typography program at Langara College (in Vancouver) and takes place at the Plaza 500 Hotel in Vancouver from 9am to 6pm. Read more.

— Paul Razzell

Stephenson, Blake Today

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Rob Firth over at British Letterpress writes about the new housing development being built in part of the historic Stephenson, Blake Foundry in Sheffield. Rob writes:

“The historic building, in the St Vincent’s conservation area with connections stretching back to William Caxton, Wynkyn de Worde and William Caslon, became a folorn sight. But today, as the conversion project moves on apace, the exterior is beginning to give off the swagger and confidence that it must have displayed when nearly 600 workers toiled to produce metal type as the firm, over five generations, quashed its competitors to become dominant in Britain and the Commonwealth.” Read the full article here. Check out the devloper’s concept drawings here. Check out the developer’s hyperbole here:

“116 new build apartments set around a sensational glazed atrium space. The architecture promises to be dramatic and stimulating, creating a future Sheffield property icon. High construction budgets have ensured that the designers have had a free hand to create a future landmark.”

The developers’ web page seems out of date. Does anyone have any recent photos of the development?

–Paul Razzell

Beautiful wood type, asking $171,835

Monday, March 23rd, 2009
Painter's Roman, offered at $1500

One Malcolm Dean, of San Francisco, has an extraordinary collection of wood type on offer. A tiny bit is pictured on Briar Press, but he’s happy to send you a PDF with the complete list. Pictured is Painter's Roman, offered at $1500.–Bob McCamant

Jerry Kelly Digitizes Metal

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009


Designer-printer-publisher-curator-author and FPBA-member, Jerry Kelly, and his partner Helen Brandshaft, digitize classic metal faces and introduce some new designs by Jerry at their new company, Nonpareil type. In addition to Joe Blumenthal’s long-unavailable Emerson, they are also offering two of Ismar David‘s handsome designs. Be sure to visit their new digital endeavor and download a copy of their specimen book.

–Michael Russem