Thursday, December 26, 2013

Type Holiday

Some of the type related gifts I received this year included an ampersand "shadowbox" display,  distressed letterpress magnets, cufflinks, a paintable ampersand, and the book "Just My Type;" such thoughtful gifts that I truly appreciate.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Pantone: On Sale and Knocked Off

Pantone iPhone covers on sale in NYC . . . 
and the knockoff ‘RickyColor’ Pantone-inspired design.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Seal of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

This metal letterpress block was given to me by my father-in-law. A perfect gift!

For size comparison, I have it beside the wood block ampersand my son gave to me.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Lost Type Term? Pop'd Kerns

When I spotted these the other day when I was grocery shopping, they struck me as so funny. Is this a lost and cryptic typographic term? I can almost hear one of my instructors at AIP stating that, "Jim, you've really pop'd the kern there between the letters A and V!"

Real definition of kerning can be found here.

So when you open the bag, is it overwhelmingly visually pleasing and this is due to the spacing between the individual snack items? Is this a way to get children to learn about negative space; "Sally and Jason, quit messing with the kerning and finish already!"

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What do you see?

So, at first glance, what do you read?
Send me your answer in the Comments below.

This is an unretouched snippet of a photo taken of a product label.
BONUS POINTS: Name the font. I'll post the answer August 9th.

Friday, June 28, 2013

To Have and ‘Haev’ Not

With apologies to Ernest Hemingway, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, and Lauren Bacall.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


After 34 years, the offset press Heidelberg SORM at Penn State Multimedia & Print Center was retired. Acquired on May 14, 1979, she was a single color press, and had made 83,755,238 impressions by June 19th, 2013. The last job run was a publication for the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) held at Penn State. If you look closely on some of the photos, you can see one of the plates for that job was still hung on the press.
We salvaged some parts to use on our Heidelberg Z-press, and what remained was taken to Lion Surplus, Penn State’s surplus and salvage, to be sold.

Below are some photos I took while she was waiting quietly amid the busy sounds of the other presses and bindery equipment.