Posts in Category "Hamilton Wood Type Foundry"

December 4, 2013

A Typographical Curiosity: Frank Grießhammer joins the circus with the release of HWT Tuscan Extended

Tuscan Extended Ampersand

As part of Adobe’s ongoing mission to help support the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, several members of our team have been digitizing antique typefaces for the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry (a partnership between the Hamilton and P22 type foundry). My co-worker Frank Grießhammer threw his hat into the ring, so to speak, unleashing one of those strangely wonderful “circus types” onto the world. In celebration of its release today, I’m happy to share with you a little insight into the making of HWT Tuscan Extended. Although Frank has not yet been able to visit the Hamilton—a “wood type wonderland,” as he imagines it—he feels strongly about the importance of the museum, and its mission to preserve and promote such a rich part of typographic culture.

“Wood type is this genre of type that very much has its own rules, and I think that is great,” Frank said. “I imagine it like this big guy, just doing his own thing, not caring about what anybody else will say (please understand that this is supposed to be a compliment!).”

“Leafing through Rob Roy Kelly’s American Wood Type, I have yet to find one page which is not awesome,” Frank continued. “Often, I will laugh when seeing the specimen of a wood type alphabet—something that does not happen very often with digital fonts.”

In choosing which type to digitize for HWT, Frank decided to work on a less-than-typical design, focusing on the fun and challenging aspects of reviving a little-known antique face. “I wanted to digitize the craziest typeface Rich [Kegler of P22/HWT] had to offer; first, because I wanted to have a bit of fun while working, and also for the sake of drawing something I had not drawn before.”

A wild hybrid fluctuating between a Gothic Tuscan and an Antique Tuscan, HWT Tuscan Extended is an extremely wide face, abundantly decorated with spikes and crossbars. Although this Tuscan is not overly ornate, each letterform is a study in complexity—unique combinations of spikes and bars dress each character’s outrageous curves with cheeky exuberance. Continue reading…

9:00 AM Permalink
October 15, 2013

Lasting Impressions: Adobe gives away Hamilton keepsakes at AIGA

hwt-cards-all

Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.”

—Stella McCartney

In late August, Adobe Type team members Miguel Sousa and Nicole Miñoza met up with Richard Kegler and Carima El-Behairy of P22 type foundry during TypeCon2013 in Portland to discuss the release of HWT Gothic Round. Their mission was twofold: they wanted to do something special to showcase the nearly-lost antique typefaces Miguel and his colleagues Frank Griesshammer and Paul Hunt were digitizing for the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry. Steadfast supporters of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, they were determined to increase awareness about the HWT revivals project and its venerable namesake institution.

The quartet knew that, once introduced to the typographic riches housed within the museum, the greater creative community would fall in love with the Hamilton just as they had. Abiding by the mantra that the simple things are often the best things, they came up with a quiet way of spreading the word that would speak volumes.

They settled on the concept of producing a letterpress note card—blank on the inside, with beautiful typography on the front and just a small line of text on the back that would mention the revivals project and point readers to the website to learn more about HWT and the Hamilton Museum. Based on their happy experience at TypeCon, the convivial group figured there could be no better audience for a typographic keepsake than the creatives who would flock in droves to the next big design event in the US: the biennial AIGA conference (held last week in Minneapolis).

With time tight, the production immediately kicked into high gear, and when Nicole saw their vision realized a few weeks later, she was thrilled with the results. The charming cards were designed by Rich Kegler to match the conference theme—HEAD, HEART, HAND—and printed by Jen Farrell of Chicago’s Starshaped Press. Jen also wrote a terrific article unveiling the process of printing the keepsakes.

As Adobe was a presenting sponsor of HHH13 (the event’s Twitter hashtag), there were plenty of HWT cards on hand to distribute at our booth. To no one’s surprise, attendees loved the cards—especially the lucky ones who got inky at the letterpress workshop led by the Hamilton’s fabulous Moran Brothers and hosted by Studio on Fire in Minneapolis.

And now, for a close-up of the lovingly letterpressed keepsakes:  Continue reading…

9:00 AM Permalink
October 9, 2013

From Broadsides to Websites: Miguel Sousa brings wood type to digital life with HWT Gothic Round

gothicround1

Last week, we talked about the adventures of Adobe type designer Miguel Sousa as he traveled the US conducting research on his sabbatical project, a revival of a historic wood typeface. He carefully paged through gorgeously produced antique specimen books and studied the shopworn surfaces of giant wooden letters stained with the ghosts of ink from bygone eras. Miguel printed with rare alphabets hewn from nineteenth-century timber, fueling his imagination as he worked to craft a typeface that would smoothly meld historical charm with advanced typographic technology.

The result of Miguel’s summer sabbatical journey—along with many months spent on research and type design and production in San Jose—is the finishing of a face that captured his heart, released this week as HWT Gothic Round. Continue reading…

8:55 AM Permalink
October 3, 2013

Adventures in Wood Type: Miguel Sousa lends a helping hand (or two) to the Hamilton

One of the perks Adobe offers to its employees is paid sabbatical leave every five years. Going on sabbatical—taking a strategic pause from the everyday work routine—provides boundless opportunities for in-depth research, broadening skills, and recharging mental batteries.

A native of Portugal, Miguel Sousa began his career with Adobe in 2006, after graduating from the MA Typeface Design program at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. When it came time to take his first sabbatical, he considered a number of options. He knew he wanted to challenge himself, enrich his practical education, and give something back.

In the summer of 2012, Miguel attended the TypeCon conference held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a prelude to the main event, he participated in an intensive letterpress workshop held at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, located in the little town of Two Rivers, about 90 miles north of Milwaukee. The museum, a non-profit, volunteer-driven labor of love, houses a collection of more than 1.5 million pieces of wood type.

Continue reading…

9:00 AM Permalink