I just got back from Chicago, where I attended the American Printing History Association’s annual conference. It started at the Newberry Library with a showing of Making Faces, a great film about Jim Rimmer’s process of creating new metal type in the digital age. Not just for type nerds! It’s a great demonstration of the entire process- from drawing the letterforms, digitizing the sketches, creating paper patterns, then lead patterns, then brass matrices and finally casting the new type. Jim (who sadly passed away recently) made it look so easy. Plus, he had a Colt’s Armory- my favorite type of press.
DVDs are available from P22 here.