The Casual Optimist

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August 25, 2016
by Dan
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The Last Punchcutter

One for the letterpress obsessives and tool aficionados, The Last Punchcutter is a beautiful, wordless film capturing Giuseppe Brachino — who was the head of the engraving department of the Nebiolo Company from Turin — hand-cut a punch for metal type: (via Coudal)

January 8, 2015
by Dan
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Creative Characters: Erik Spiekermann

Type designer Erik Spiekermann recently spoke to MyFont’s Creative Characters newsletter about his career and his return to letterpress printing: I think it’s very appropriate to discuss the new interest in analog technologies, and the ways that young people are now finding … Continue reading

June 2, 2011
by Dan
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Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century

On the New York Times website Steven Heller reviews Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century, a documentary film by Richard Kegler, founder of the P22 Foundry. The film features the work of the late Jim Rimmer, a prolific Canadian typeface … Continue reading

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