‘SORT stands for Society of Revisionist Typographers and, as their name suggests, they use typography and printing techniques of the past but marry them up with a contemporary design aesthetic’
The official SORT website is here.
Found via Retro To Go
‘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)’
Richard Kegler’s long-delayed documentary, Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century, has just secured just enough funding for completion.
Rimmer and Kegler
‘Mac McGrew’s 1993 2nd, revised edition is an important book for any printer, collector, student or aficionado of letterpress type. Equally valuable as a typeface reference and an insightful history of the typemaking industry in America.’ -Letterpress Type
THE book on metal typefaces cast in America (hint: not all of them have been digitized) is Mac McGrew’s American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century.
Long out of print, this 398 page resource is available once again. Snag your copy here.
Pictured: my dog eared, Post-It note filled edition.
Found via Steve Matteson
One of the coolest printing history finds in the Los Angeles area is The International Printing Museum in Carson.
Tucked away in an industrial section and run by the incredible Mark Barbour, the museum hosts an amazing collection of rare equipment, The Book Arts Institute (Hi Rachelle!), The Wayzgoose Gazette, a gallery, library and more.
And now they have a new RSS-friendly blog-based website – sporting a new logotype (above) created by Gina Pirtle Simpson.
Click on any image to visit the museum’s website/jump.
Museum photographs by April Rocha
‘Is there a way to know what fonts will work together? Building a palette is an intuitive process, but expanding a typographic duet to three, four, or even five voices can be daunting.’ -H&FJ
‘how do I pick the right font?’
. . . is the most common question I’m asked in my type courses. And my answers aren’t usually simple. I liken it to picking the right suit, tie and shoes.
What handbag will work best, nail polish, lipstick, gloss or none, which eye liner will simply look great . . .
One learns by doing. [Read more →]