Futura

by Jim Thompson, IPM Board of Trustees The wood-type for May is called Futura. It is a sans serif typeface designed in the mid 1920s in Germany by Paul Renner. He was an admirer of the Bauhaus movement that advocated functional design simplicity with a complete absence of non-essential elements. Accordingly, Renner’s Futura design achieves […]

Aetna

by Jim Thompson, IPM Board of Trustees Our wood type for June is known as Aetna. This type is derived from the Roman typeface, one of the three major categories of wood type. As we recall, the Roman typeface consists of very thin and very thick strokes. According to R. R. Kelly, Roman type was […]

Aetna

by Jim Thompson, IPM Board of Trustees Our third major wood-type category, once again according to Rob Roy Kelly, is Antique. It is characterized by the presence of slab serifs, which are nearly equal in width to the major strokes of the letter A.  The serifs are unbracketed which means that the serifs attach to […]

Aldine

by Jim Thompson, IPM Board of Trustees The wood type of the month for August is called Aldine. It is a derivative of the antique type style but it includes the bracketed serifs of the Clarendon style. This means that the junction of the serif and a stroke has a rounded fillet that provides a […]

Antique Tuscan

by Jim Thompson, IPM Board of Trustees The wood-type for July is called Antique Tuscan. According to the Rob Roy Kelly Wood-Type Collection website, it has the distinction of being one of those wood-types that was cut first in wood and copied in metal later. Antique Tuscan was designed by Wells and Webb and was […]

Art Gothic

by Jim Thompson, IPM Board of Trustees The wood-type for June is called Art Gothic. It is an unconventional typeface designed in the mid 1880s by Gustav Schroeder. As a young metal engraver in Germany he was approached by two German Americans who convinced him to move to St Louis and work for them at […]

Ballon

by Jim Thompson, IPM Board of Trustees The wood-type for May is called Balloon. It was designed in metal in 1939 by Max R. Kaufmann for the American Type Founders (ATF) for use in the dialog balloons of comic strips; hence the name Balloon. It was intended as competition for a typeface named Cartoon designed […]

Bodoni

by Jim Thompson, IPM Board of Trustees Bodoni refers to a series of type faces originally designed in 1798 by Giambattista Bodoni (1743 – 1813). After working at a Catholic press in Rome, Bodoni was invited at the age of 28 to set up and run the official press of the Duke of Parma. He […]

Bradley

by Jim Thompson, IPM Board of Trustees The wood-type for April is called Bradley. It was named after William Bradley who is generally regarded as the most prominent American graphics designer of the 1890s. The typeface was based on a medieval black-letter text designed by Bradley in 1894 for a cover of journal called the […]

Brush Script

by Jim Thompson, IPM Board of Trustees The wood-type for January is called Brush Script. This name was covered in an earlier column where Brush Script was treated as a category of wood-type. This time it is the name of a specific typeface. Brush Script was designed as a metal typeface in 1942 by Robert […]