Hands-on History of Type: 200 Years of New Things

A typeface letter press spread from the 1800s. The typeface is in all caps and has circus-esque details.
Artist Dikko Faust is standing in a green shirt under a layered letterpress print with misc. letters on it.
Dikko Faust standing under one of his works.

Event Info

If Bodoni & Didot are “modern” everything that came after must be “postmodern.” This series of workshops, some Zoomed from Purgatory Pie Press, some from Center for Book Arts, will investigate the last two centuries of innovative letterpress, type design and type making – pantograph/router wood type, increasingly automated metal casting. The rise of postering, advertising and their evolving styles/rules. Type setting and word spacing styles. Demonstrations, discussions, resources.

Required materials:

  • unidentified type in students’ collections, if any.

In-print suggested book list:

  • Mac McGrew – American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century, Oak Knoll
  • Maurice Annenberg, etc. – Type Foundries of America and their Catalogs, Oak Knoll
  • Rob Roy Kelly – American Wood Type 1828-1900 Liber Apertus Press
  • Esther K Smith – Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c. Rizzoli

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. While each class has a suggested price, we wish to make our educational programming as economically accessible as possible as well as to make sure our students feel fulfilled in their creative processes outside of the studio. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.

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