San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
‘Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century’ a documentary film
Tuesday 5 November 2013 from 6.30 to 8.30pm, film screening at 7.15pm
Concessions (over 60 or FOSB) £8.00
Student (bring NUS card) £6.00
Join Richard Kegler and the St Bride Foundation for a screening of Making Faces, a documentary film that charts the making of RTF Stern, a type design that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font.
We will also be joined by practitioners in letterpress, calligraphy and wood engraving. They will be demonstrating their skills throughout the evening and there will be plenty of opportunities to roll your sleeves up and have a go.
Making Faces is a fascinating design documentary by Richard Kegler that captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist and type designer Jim Rimmer (1931–2010).
It focuses on one man’s dedication to his craft and relays the details of creating a metal typeface, while also conveying this passion to anyone who values the “hand-made” in today’s world of convenience. Jim Rimmer’s good humor and intelligent description of his process make it an enjoyable viewing experience for those who are even vaguely interested in how things are made.
In 2008, P22 type foundry commissioned Jim Rimmer to create a new type design, RTF 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 possessed the skills needed to create a metal font. This film documents the creation of a new typeface from the preliminary sketches through the cutting and casting of a single letter. It offers a unique opportunity to share Jim’s knowledge with the world.
Richard Kegler is founder and lead designer of P22 type foundry. He is also currently director of the WNY Book Arts Center in Buffalo NY. Kegler has a Masters degree from the Department of Media Study and the University at Buffalo. Richard will be available to answer questions about the film after the screening and copies of the dvd will be on sale for £20 (10% of the proceeds will be donated to the St Bride Foundation). makingfacesfilm.blogspot.com
When & Where
St Bride Foundation
Est. in 1891, St Bride Foundation was originally the social and educational hub of printing and publishing on Fleet Street. Nowadays, this historic building is a multifunctional space with regular talks, exhibitions and courses. It is also home to St Bride Library and The Bridewell Theatre.