Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century

If you dig design then don’t miss “Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century,” a documentary about creating new metal type. The film is playing at the Northwest Film Forum (co-presented by the School of Visual Concepts) in Seattle on November 12 and 13. Here’s a description from the Northwest Film Forum, “This fascinating design documentary captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). In 2008, P22 type foundry commissioned Rimmer to create a new type design (Stern) that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font. Rimmer was one of only a few who possess the skills needed to create a metal font.”

The director, Richard Kegler, will be in attendance at the Seattle screenings.

If you’re wild about typography and graphic design (all us design geeks are), you’ve probably seen “Helvetica,” a fantastic documentary about the ubiquitous modern type. If you haven’t seen it, check it out on dvd.


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