The Typographic Design Unit

Wakeling, Christopher (2010) The Typographic Design Unit. Parenthesis, 18. pp. 10-15. ISSN 1462-9895

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Abstract

An auto-biographical piece written at the request of the journal editor, Sebastian Carter. A descriptive commentary of my personal journey from student to professional typographic designer to current practice and activities.
The text outlines the current activities and work of my own studio and workshop, Typographic Design Unit, in book design, typography, teaching and letterpress printing. It provides a summary of the infuences (people, places, books etc.) which have informed my thinking, working practices and methods with traditional and contemporary digital typographic tools. It explores personal thoughts and refections on typefaces, papers, colours, inks and presses; and, how these interact within the process confnes of the craft-based letterpress printing environment. For the reader, it records my workshop space and equipment, along with the ideals of craft working within the limits of the available materials. As a fine press printer/typographer, some clues are given on my own beliefs on the subject of being a practicing craftsman and the methods which can be practised in the pursuit of high standards of composition and presswork. It offers thoughts on the interaction and transference of knowledge and skills between my activities as a practicing book designer, teacher and printer of personal work. Illustrated with photographs of the TDU letterpress workshop and self-published work. A special woodletter print was also contributed for reproduction of the journal front cover, and a hand-set broadside using a short text by the Swiss typographer and teacher, Emil Ruder, was reproduced for the back cover.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Design
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Design
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Design
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Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 08:57
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2016 15:11
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11901

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