- Exhibitions & Events
LectureEdition Binding in the Digital Age: Craft, Collaboration, and New Technology
This presentation will describe a collaborative, hybrid approach to edition binding that focuses on hand work but does not shun new tools and technology. John will discuss and demonstrate his recent forays into the use of laser cutters, digital mat cutting and digital printing on fabric and leather, and how they are implemented alongside more traditional “trade” practices.
William E. Loy's Nineteenth-Century American Type Designers
The title of this lecture is also that of a book by Johnston and Steven O. Saxe, published last year by Oak Knoll Press, which presents the work of William E. Loy, to whom we owe a great deal for his documentation of the important type designers of his era. From the prolific Herman Ihlenburg, who worked for MacKellar Smiths & Jordan, to William Page, the wood type manufacturer who skated on the milled planks in his stocking feet at night, Johnston will explain how these men worked and relate fascinating anecdotes about their lives.
The Living History of Type
Bill Moran, Artistic Director, Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Two Rivers Wisconsin
Alastair Johnston, type historian, Poltroon Press, Berkeley, CA
Clifton Meador, Book and Paper MFA Director, Columbia College Chicago
Paul Gehl, Custodian, John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing, Newberry Library
Panelists discuss how history informs type design: the printing collection as a well-connected resource, project-specific design including history, the uses and mis-uses of historic sources in type design, and more.
Improvised Design in the Colonial Era
Using type and material in the shop we
discover in a hands-on fashion how early American printers achieved striking
and distinctive effects in their bookwork with limited resources. We will
recreate pages from 18th century American books using type and ornament in the
studio and learn how expedients, such as decorative material made out of
punctuation, came to the aid of the early typographers in the American
colonies. We will also explore how these strictures created a distinctly
American aesthetic, manifest later in the work of Updike, Rollins and Dwiggins,
three of the most noted American designers of the first half of the twentieth