Archive for the ‘wood type’ Category

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

Polzen’s wood type changes hands . . . again

Thursday, May 7th, 2009


In Parenthesis 11 (Autumn 2005), we reported on Scott Polzen‘s rendering of Erik Spiekermann’s Meta Black font in wood. Polzen, then an art school student at Vancouver’s Emily Carr School of Art + Design (now Emily Carr University of Art + Design) cut the type from Spanish cedar using a coping saw and produced a complete fount of 140-point Meta Black: 72 characters (upper case, lower case, old style figures, and ten analphabetics). Spiekermann was sufficiently charmed by Scott’s work to buy the fount.

Today, Jonathan Hoefler recounts how Spiekermann presented H&FJ principal Tobias-Frere Jones the fount of wood type as part of the 2006 Gerrit Noordzij Prize. As Hoefler writes, ‘One charming aspect of the Gerrit Noordzij Prize is the design of the award itself. By tradition, it’s something created by the current prize holder, and presented to the incoming awardee. Past winners have used the occasion to create something that not only encapsulates their own work in some personal way, but postulates some connection to the interests of the next designer in succession.’ It is interesting to see how this unique type has passed hands over the years. Read more here.

—Paul Razzell

When Wood Trumped Metal: An Interview with Bill Moran

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009


Over at the AIGA website, Steven Heller interviews Bill Moran about the Hamilton Wood Type Museum (pictured above). Moran is a third-generation letterpress printer, print historian, teacher, and owner/founder of Blinc Publishing. He also leads typography tours in various European cities. A good read.

—Paul Razzell