This fascinating design documentary captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). In 2008, P22 type foundry commissioned Rimmer to create a new type design (Stern) that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font.
Rimmer was one of only a few who possessed the skills needed to create a metal font. This film is a unique opportunity to share Jim's knowledge, processes and passions with the world.
This book, a companion volume to the Typophile Chapbook About Alphabets (1960, updated 1970), describes Zapf's post-1970 type designs and provides new research on many of the earlier types. In this volume, Jerry Kelly describes the origins and history of numerous Hermann Zapf typefaces including Marconi, ITC Zapf International, Linotype Zapfino, and Zapf Civilité. Kelly also includes new information on the Palatino nova and Optima nova families.
This book rediscovers an important contribution to a popular field of graphic design and suggests that Ismar David's calligraphic book jackets present a viable alternative to the current design approach.
Publisher:RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press (March, 2011)
Illustrations:22 black-and-white illustrations, 30 color plates
Throughout the twentieth century, modern design theories in combination with newer printing technologies offered book designers far more options than were previously available to them. Utilizing these resources, some skillful artisans produced stunning designs in period style, arranging modern re-cuttings of early type designs with historical decoration that resulted in the creation of truly beautiful books; while others preferred a more contemporary aesthetic, building upon earlier principles in a fresh, novel manner.
Publisher:RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press (March, 2011)
Wood type in myriad designs—from stark condensed sans serifs to bizarre ornamental scripts—created variety in commercial advertising more than 180 years ago, and continues today to influence modern signs, posters, and billboards. The Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection at RIT maintains an impressive collection of wood type, numbering over 300 fonts. This book showcases over 250 of our best wood type specimens, including many complete fonts and samples from unusual designs.
These beautiful, simple stationery sets are printed by hand in limited runs at the Cary Collection, drawing from our historical collection of metal and wood type. Sheets are blank, with a color illustration at top. Colors may vary. 4 sheets with envelopes.
Manuale Zapficum, the new limited edition book, commemorates the ninetieth birthdays of typographers Hermann Zapf and Gudrun Zapf von Hesse through beautiful typeface specimens set in homage to the classic design of Hermann Zapf's masterpiece, his 1968 Manuale Typographicum. The 20 specimen designs in the book are based upon quotes about the couple's oeuvre, each typeset in Zapf faces and letterpress printed by several of the Zapfs' colleagues.
Publisher:RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press (May, 2009)
Binding:Case-bound quarter vellum with Fabriano Paper covers and title in gilt on the spine
Size:8.25 x 12.25 in.
Release date: June 8, 2009 Contact: Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, firstname.lastname@example.org
A typographic tribute to the Zapfs in their own words and letters. Manuale Zapficum, the new limited edition book, commemorates the ninetieth birthdays of typographers Hermann Zapf and Gudrun Zapf von Hesse through beautiful typeface specimens set in homage to the classic design of Hermann Zapf’s masterpiece, his 1968 Manuale Typographicum. The 20 specimen designs in the book are based upon quotes about the couple’s oeuvre, each typeset in Zapf faces and letterpress printed by several of the Zapfs’ colleagues. The contributors include Jill Bell, proprietor of Brandlettering Design; Rick Cusik of Hallmark Cards; Jerry Kelly of the Kelly-Winterton Press and Nonpareil Type; Nancy Leo Kelly, a designer at The Dial Press; David Pankow, Curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection; and noted author/typographer, Doyald Young.
The Manuale follows a long progression Zapf publications issued by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection, which maintains one of the most comprehensive American archives of Zapf’s work. In 2008 RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press released a second edition of Hermann Zapf’s illustrated autobiography, Alphabet Stories, and in 2007 the Press published an exhibition catalogue dedicated to the couple’s combined works: Spend your Alphabets Lavishly. These works and other Zapf-related titles are available at http://carypress.rit.edu.
The Manuale Zapficum’s innovative specimen pages employ timeless Zapf faces such as Diotima, Optima, Palatino, and Zapfino, while including fresh uses of proprietary typefaces such as Hallmark Uncial and Hallmark Textura. A variety of the specimens were letterpress printed using historic metal type from the Cary Collection. Each is printed in traditional red and black on Hahnemühle Biblio paper. The Campbell-Logan Bindery of Minneapolis, MN, bound an edition of 100 copies with luxurious vellum spines and Fabriano paper-covered boards.