I really think all signs are pointing to me learning letterpress one of these days. Last weekend I mentioned the Artsy day and finding out about letterpress workshops, and today we went and saw the documentary Typeface.
The film traces the history of the The Hamilton Wood Type Museum in rural Two Rivers, Wisconsin. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. Can you imagine running around in there opening all those little drawers and finding just the right “B” or “T” or whatever you want? How exciting.
I guess what I liked so much about the film is the idea of how important this art is. Yes, you can do so much with computers and so much faster, etc. but there is something to be said for actually getting your hands dirty to produce something.
Anyway, I highly recommend watching this film if it comes to your area. Another excellent film about typeface is Helvetica. Seriously, it will make you look at type in a new way and next time you pick up a book to read I bet you, you’ll check the colophon to see what typeface was used.
Now for something fun, did you know you have a typeface? Yes, take the quiz and see which one you are!