Because of a great intersection of timing, I’m traveling to London in late November to view a rare exhibition and meet with a number of type designers and folks involved in letterpress, as well as visit public and private collections, and roam the streets, which are rampant with classic and modern type usages. I’m turning this experience into a small book I want to share with you.
I’ve launched a campaign on Kickstarter to help cover my expenses in travel and research, and to design and create digitally printed and ebook editions. As a freelancer, it’s difficult to fund travel and research, which is why I’m turning to you. I’ll be making a short but terrific book that anyone who has an interest in design history and its preservation will enjoy, but you’ll also get a snapshot of the contemporary scene.
London is a remarkably rich town for type design, and has deep letterpress roots, some of which remain, while others have worked to revive it. The book will have a strong focus on Berthold Wolpe, a German type designer who emigrated for his own safety to England in 1935, and spent his long career there designing type and book covers. I’ll also be meeting with contemporary type designers, letterpress printers, and others.
The campaign has more details about the scope, which is both modest and (you know me) expansive.
Thanks, as always, for your interest and support.