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