Preissig Scrape now available in wood type
P22 Preissig Scrape was digitized in 1997 from samples of an alphabet
designed and hand cut by Vojtech Preissig in 1914 for a book project that was never completed. The book called "The House" featured lino cut illustrations and the lettering reflected the angular and organic lines of the lino cuts.
In 2010, Bill Jones of Virgin Wood Type purchased the original patterns of the American Wood Type Manufacturing Company. After producing a few faces from the American collection, Bill discussed the option of producing a P22 digital font into wood type. P22 Preissig Scrape seemed like a design that would translate well back into a format that undermines digital precision and connects to hand creation and hand printing.
This is the second venture for P22 into analog type. The first project was the 2008 collaboration with Jim Rimmer that featured the first ever simultaneous release of a metal and digital font, RTF Stern Pro, and it proved that there is a serious interest in what some might consider obsolete formats. Stern in metal is no longer available, but the documentary film, Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century, detailing the process of making that face is now available for pre-order on DVD and select screenings.
The bold expressionistic Preissig design is offered as a wood type font to letterpress printers and collectors and is now available directly from Virgin Wood Type. Click here to learn more about Virgin Wood Type and this project or to place an order for Preissig Scrape wood type.
The digital version of Preissig Scrape and the Czech Modernist font set are available from P22 at a 25% discount through March 31, 2011. Click here for the digital version.
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Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century
A new film by Richard Kegler
Introducing a new film by Richard Kegler. 'Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century' is a fascinating design documentary that captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist and type designer Jim Rimmer (1931-2010).
In 2008, P22 type foundry commissioned Jim Rimmer to create a new type design, RTF 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 documents the creation of the Stern typeface from the preliminary sketches through the cutting and casting of a single letter 'k'. The film offers a unique opportunity to share Jim's knowledge, processes and passions with the world.
Go here to watch the trailer and learn more about the film. The region free DVD will be shipping in mid-April, but you can pre-order your personal license copy during the month of March for $19.95 (shipping not included) and save $5.00. Educational license options also available.
Region Free DVD Package includes: