Hands-on History of Type: 200 Years of New Things (2/5)

Event Info

This class will take place on:

  • Thu, Jan 28 12:00–2:00pm ET

In this session of Hands-on History of Type, Dikko Faust will focus on wood vs metal type. Cast metal type and routed wood type will be used in class. Participants will be guided through letterpress rules (made for breaking with care).

If Bodoni & Didot are “modern” everything that came after must be “postmodern.” This series of workshops, some Zoomed from Purgatory Pie Press 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:

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

About the Instructor

Dikko Faust founded Purgatory Pie Press when he was doing grad work with Walter Hamady at University of Wisconsin in 1977. He taught Letterpress and Typography at the Center for Book Arts, as well as School of Visual Arts, Cooper Union, Princeton, Rutgers, and workshops throughout the US, Canada, England and Germany. In these workshops, he also offers his services as Type Detective, identifying UTF’s (unidentified typefaces). For recreational reading, he prefers old type catalogs. He did extensive research for Esther K Smith’s Rizzoli reprint of William H Page’s Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders &c. Purgatory Pie Press has exhibited at Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Harvard University and many other art centers throughout the world, including more than a dozen Center for Book Arts exhibitions– starting with CBA’s 5 year anniversary exhibition.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

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