Typography: Space Craft (was [PPLetterpress] Re: My type has legs)
- On 29 Jan 2008, at 11:32 AM, Jamison Hiner wrote:
> Thank you all for the advice the tape alone has help considerably. ImHi Jamie
> going to try the Formica today.
> As for the jobs im doing...... Michael.... everything I have done for
> now has been for friends at cost just for the fact that I have not
> learned everything and its not perfect, but to tell you the truth
> people like the hand fed not perfect quality.
Hmm. I'm glad you're asking for pointers in spite of that ;-)
Letterpress can be the most "perfect" of all typographic processes if
it's done with the same degree of craft that a violin maker or
ceramicist takes over their work.
Nice photos on your site, by the way.
Coming from a hand-set background, there's one thing I'd note for all
Photopolymer users, by the way: If you are setting your type on the
computer, take the time to pay very close attention to the letters
Or more precisely, to the spaces in between them.
I'm seeing some very nicely printed work out there which has really
pretty awful letterspacing.
This is particularly true when using all caps (or small caps, which
are, after all, still caps!)
It's all about rhythm. Unless there's some specific intention behind
making a staccato rhythm, it should be even and regular.
Personally, I also spend a LOT of time doing things which would be
next to impossible in metal, like kerning the period under the www in
web addresses ;-)
But I'm stuck with seeing it -- hundreds of times -- in the final
printed pieces if I don't fix it in Illustrator, or InDesign or
whatever before going to press (ie, to PDF>Film>Plate>Press)
Highly recommended, but only if you use it to learn so you don't need
Robert Bringhurst's Elements of Typgraphic Style
By 'don't need it' I mean, you learn to see the spaces instead of the
And THEN we can talk about the impression itself, inking, roller slur,
> The reason I ask questions on PPLetterpress is because there is noNo students of Harry Duncan's out that way?
> one in Omaha that
> knows these things, so I learn by trial
Is Neal Shaver still working in Council Bluffs?
I know Bonnie O'Connell was UNebraska-Omaha for a long time, but seem
to recall she was heading back towards the lakes last time I heard
Not sure how current this info is, but I know there are folks out