Monday, December 17, 2012

inspiration...what's your type?





(speciman book printed by The WM. H. Page Wood Type Co.)

(card printed by www.justvandy.com)

When I was in middle school and high school, I loved participating in the history fair and the science fair, more for the presentation opportunities then the subject matter. When I realized I loved cutting out letters to make the title more then anything other part of the project, I knew graphic design was my future. From there I studied typography under an amazing teacher, Craig Malmrose. He was the mysterious professor with a leather jacket and swagger, but was not a man of many words and cut throat in critiques. But I walked away appreciating typography all the more. (He also renovated an old store front in a small southern town and set up his many letterpress printers, Trade Union Press, yeah, he is a bad ass)

All this led to Saturday night's outing to a fund raiser held at the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts to save Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum located in Two Rivers Wisconsin. With the need to move out of their current original space, the museum is in need of a home as well and the funds to be able to move their entire collection. No big deal, they just have over 1.5 million pieces of wood type/patterns/advertising cuts, the world's largest display of wood type, original machinery used to cut the wood type, and all the equipment used to print. Established in 1880, Hamilton became the leading manufacturer of wood type at a time when everything was letterpress printed!

We were able to buy some donated pieces at the event and take a tour of the Columbia College printing press space.  (above)

To check out more about Hamilton Press or to lend some help visit: www.woodtype.org

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