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by Ryan Arruda

Located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, The Hamilton Wood Type Museum is an exceptional collection of printing history. Including over a million pieces of wood type in its care, the museum features a fully functioning studio not only for printing with wood type but also for creating it as well.

However, the museum is unexpectedly being forced from its present home. Perhaps needing to vacate its space in less than three months, this is both a monumental physical and financial feat – your help is urgently needed to assure the museum can continue its mission as a bulwark of typographic history.

One of the many delights the archive provides is that it is indeed a living museum; not simply host to relics to be looked upon, the museum fosters a deeper understanding of the forebears of contemporary type by conducting workshops for artists and scholars alike. Such opportunities of hands-on, tactile experimenting with type cultivates not only an appreciation for the true craftsmanship involved in type design, but also a respect for those vibrant analog methods of making.

Whether you are a designer, a typographic enthusiast, or simply intrigued by printing history, please consider supporting the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in its time of need. Your donations will help to assure that the museum can preserve its rich artifacts, and safely relocate to a new home. More importantly, your donation will help to further facilitate the study, appreciation, and utilization of wood type, a true treasure of design history and practice. Click here to donate and learn more.

Ryan Arruda
Ryan Arruda is the Web Content Strategist at Monotype Imaging. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in film studies from Clark University, and an MFA in graphic design from RISD.



by Allan Haley

It’s not often, but there are times when you see something that is so striking, so elegantly beautiful, that it takes your breath away. It hasn’t happened to me in a very long time. But, yesterday, there it was – a Tumblr post of a new series of book covers from Penguin Books.

A colleague pointed me to this site, and there it was: drop to your knees, gorgeous typographic design from Jessica Hische and the very design savvy folks at Penguin Books. The two were previewing a new series that appear to be reissues of classic novels: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Brontë’s Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, etc., each with cover art that is an extraordinary “drop cap” (technically, an initial letter – but no matter) drawn by Hische. If you love books, or type – or just things that are extraordinarily beautiful, this is a treat that you should not miss.

Allan Haley
Allan Haley is Director of Words & Letters at Monotype Imaging. Here he is responsible for strategic planning and creative implementation of just about everything related to typeface designs.