DVD - 2010
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"The Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin personifies cultural preservation, rural re-birth and the lineage of American graphic design. At Hamilton, international artisans meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique. But the Museum's future is unclear. What is the responsibility of artists and historians to preserve a dying craft? How can rural towns survive in a shifting industrial marketplace where big-box retailers are king?"--Container.
Publisher: [Chicago, Ill.] : Kartemquin Educational Films : PBS Distribution, c2010
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9781608834716
Branch Call Number: DVD 338.4768 TYP NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Type face


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Dec 31, 2017

For about a hundred years, wooden type was the preferred mode for very large printing, from political protest placards to circus posters to billboards, and everything else that required type more than 72 points (1 inch) in size. These letters were larger than your hand, some a foot high.

The film also ties in the re-birth of the old letter presses, history not just as it was but the adaptation and assumption of traditional tools and media to new expressions, bringing a “crazy growth in letter press printing.” Students in university graphic arts classes make the pilgrimage to Two Rivers and then apply their insights on Chandler and Price, Steracle, and Vandercook presses. At the museum, they acquire a three dimensional understanding of letters that is not available from computerized typesetting.

The bonus features in this disk deliver the nuance and context. Among them are an extended history of wood type and “The Most Ambitious Type in the World: Louis John Pouchée.”

kpkowalski Jun 05, 2012

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