A VIDEO

Monday’s lecture class started with a visit from Dan Rhatigan (@ultrasparky) of Monotype, with a selection of yesteryear type-process material. Dan was great in explaining the role these different documents held in the development of some very famous typefaces (such as some great Gill Sans sketches). In this era of saving multiple backups every other edit, it was mind blowing seeing a single paper with the mechanical being used as reference for decades. I was also struck by how seemingly tiny details were scrutinized with much difficulty using analogue tools (such as the slight bowing of outer verticals to counteract the invariable twist of the metal during impact), while other large aspects were left completely open to interpretation by workers at the final stages, such as the diacritics. The pieces are from the Monotype UK archives, and should be part of a show soon if I remember correctly?