This evening, I was able to attend an inspirational talk titled Wood Type in the Digital Age by Nick Sherman at the Type Directors Club in New York City where he shared his obsessions with typography and wood type along with some adventures it has taken him on. He later discussed the history, creation, classification and preservation of wood type and its place in the digital space. Nick will be speaking about Wood Type in the Digital Age again at the 2nd annual Wayzgoose, held at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum on Saturday, November 5th.
Becoming obsessed with wood type from the 1969 book, American Wood Type: 1828–1900 by Rob Roy Kelly, Nick Sherman created his own wood type inspired typeface for a school project titled the Intercut Wood Type Project. Having a deep interest not only in wood type, but also the classification of type, Nick began his career working for myfonts.com where he designed, organized and curated their collection. He is currently on the advisory board for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, working on the revitalization of the The Dale Guild Type Foundry and working at the Font Bureau as a Graphic Designer. He also runs a highly recommend blog, Woodtyper. If you have any interest in wood type, it is worth catching Nick speak at the Wayzgoose 2010.
For 8 weeks, starting July 1st, these Levi’s Workshops are places for creation, inspiration, and collaboration. Located in San Francisco’s iconic Mission District at 580 Valencia Street, Levi’s has opened up a community print shop and will be teaching classes on classic Vandercook and Chandler & Price letterpresses, setting type and screen printing. See a list of upcoming events here.
On 3.27.2010, AIGA Cleveland and Cranky Pressman held Cranky Camp. Cranky Camp is a 6 hour letterpress printing workshop where visitors are allowed to dig into wood and metal type, digbats and cuts, to make themselves a poster. Some of the results can be found on the Cranky Pressman’s Flickr page. Very cool to see people opening their shops for all that are interested. Thank you to Keith and Jamie Berger for providing this educational opportunity to AIGA Cleveland. You rock.
Pressing Letters is an effort to catalog and promote creativity in our expanding letterpress community. Studios and individuals are invited to submit letterpress work, references, links or anything else that would be beneficial to others.