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How to build a Greek typeface, by Eric Gill

What better way to celebrate being back in the UK than another post about the Monotype archive in Salfords? A few months ago, Monotype designer Toshi Omagari was kind enough … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

Equipment Anxiety leads to Equipment Victory

This is what I have observed about enormous, heavy equipment: It never comes when you are ready for it. When the opportunity to buy this cast iron beast arrived, I … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 9 Comments

Adventures in the Monotype Archive: Jan van Krimpen’s Angry letters

Welcome back to the Monotype Archive! Thanks to Monotype designer Toshi Omagari, I was able to spend time last week digging through boxes and pawing old documents and type drawings … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Adventures in the Monotype Archive: The Sad Story of Sachsenwald

The archive buried in a small office complex in Salfords, Surrey is the last onsite stronghold of what was once Monotype’s enormous factory complex. The Salfords railway station was built … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · 14 Comments

Enter the Type Designer

Hey, you know who’s interesting? My friend Ben Mitchell. Look at that desk for god’s sake. Ben is a type designer, and so his flat is a dangerously geeky place … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · 14 Comments

Visit to Reading

And here at The University of Reading Type Design Program the excitement continues! Most recently with a lecture this afternoon about the history of Greek Typography. Also in the last … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Visit to Reading University

This week I am visiting the Reading University MA in Typeface Design Program. Letters, letters, everywhere. wood type, metal type, signs, presses, monotype casting equipment, and braniacs. Ooh la la. … Continue reading

February 26, 2012 · 2 Comments