Archive for the ‘typography’ 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

Call for papers on being a typographer

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, part of Birmingham City University (UK), is planning a one-day symposium on the role of typographers past, present, and future. It will take place on March 14, 2012. They’d like a two-page proposal of a topic you’d like to present. Send in Word format, along with a succinct curriculum vitae, to Dr Caroline Archer at .
It must be received by 12 noon, 1 November 2011.

Here’s what they say:

In the past typographers required both erudition and a knowledge of printing processes, including that of punch-cutting, type founding and printing; and only those who combined an understanding of all three were fit to be styled a typographer. By the early twentieth century the definition of typographer was restricted to the designer of a printed page as distinct from the compositor or machine operator. Nowadays ‘typographer’ has become a vague term, which takes no account of the inherent differences that technology has brought to the discipline: typography is no longer a vocation but an emergent profession difficult to define. But whether typography can be accounted an ancient calling or a new profession, it still requires a high degree of literacy, discipline and technical knowledge: it also needs some way is needed of distinguishing between the ancillaries of the profession and the truly literate and practical typographer.

This symposium will look at the changing roles of typography’s past; examine the nature of typography’s present; and soothsayer into typography’s future.

–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

End of Chinese Hot Metal Type

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

“While Western letterpress printing has made a recent revival, what was once considered one of the Four Great Inventions of Ancient China is no longer a sustainable practice in its country of origin.” An interesting article about the end of moveable metal type from idsgn: A Design Blog.

— Paul Razzell

Grand Gargantua: a photographic history of typography from the 15th to the 19th century

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Ooooooo. This is going to be neat.

Paul Dijstelberge, a bibliographer and an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam, and his colleague John, Editor of the I Love Typography blog, are producing a unique history of typography: they are taking high-resolution images of 50,000 printed works from the 15th to the 19th centuries, tagging them, and posting them online with commentary. Their project is called Grand Gargantua and will occupy them over the next few years. All images will show samples of printing from the University of Amsterdam library. Click here to see a sample of the images they’ve taken so far.

It will be interesting to see the extent to which Paul and John annotate each specimen. For now, it’s fun to run your fingers through the flashing jewels of this collection.

— 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

Great article on stencilled lettering by James Mosley

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

For anyone who has admired stencilled lettering in public spaces in France or who admires James Mosley’s erudite examinations of such things, read his latest post at Typefoundry.

“Dearth of Typographic Expression in E-books”

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009


“As books make the leap from cellulose and ink to electronic pages, some editors worry that too much is being lost in translation. Typography, layout, illustrations and carefully thought-out covers are all being reduced to a uniform, black-on-gray template that looks the same whether you’re reading Pride and Prejudice, Twilight or the Federalist Papers.”

E-books may not be ugly forever, but for now the dull-grey template is going to have to do. Read the full Wired article here. Interesting to see book design and typography make the news.

—Paul Razzell