Thursday, May 22, 2008

More from letterpress class

This is where we set type. See all those drawers?

The presses are so beautiful.



This is the Iron Hand press that we'll print on in a couple of weeks.

Tonight, we set more type, and the design people started working on their designs for their wood blocks, wood engravings, and linocuts. Because they are in a different room, I'm not always sure where they're at in the process. We just pop in to make sure we have enough room for our type (12 pt. Kennerly, with a 36 pt. Goudy Handtooled front cover).

We also needed a colophon, and somehow I ended up with that task, so I need to finalize the text (it's a lot of text) and then we'll split up the type setting. I remember a wise person telling me what a wise person had told him: When you're settting type, you become very aware of extra words and extra-long words. It's easier to cut when you know that anything you keep, you will have to set.

I didn't set so much type tonight, but I was able to proof what I had set and have my technique corrected (that's why I'm there), and use the big tweezers to swap out worn type and a weird italic n (how did that get in there?) and a small-cap L.

Next week: More type, and we begin lockup.

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P.S. Speaking of type, I remain flummoxed by the blog fonts. If I set it at Georgia and it says Georgia in the list of fonts, why won't it show up as Georgia? (It gets so messy!)

3 comments:

Kelli said...

very cool!

I loved this--

When you're settting type, you become very aware of extra words and extra-long words. It's easier to cut when you know that anything you keep, you will have to set.

Great advice for a poet!

Calder said...

What a creative adventure you are on, very cool. I was a graphic arts major in college back in the early 80's and wow, so much has changed in the field since then. I am an engineer now but did edit a magazine for a few years and the desktop publishing stuff is nice, but what you are doing really takes it all back to roots of printing. There are actually certain jobs that print shops can still make money on using these presses. Have fun!

Joannie said...

Hard to believe a week has gone by and it's back to class tonight.

Kelli: Shorter words also help (maybe not with poetry, but certainly with typesetting).
Calder: I think they all do wedding invitations. :-) But your design background sounds cool (something I wish I had).