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April 16, 2006

Just for you, I have two new posters for you. Both done with the exact same content, but one is following all the rules of typographic gridwork, the other is breaking as many as possible. Pat liked them. And given his opinions about me (1) (2), still in doubt after the 3rd interview, thought that was nice, like the second, rather than ugly, like the first. Pat thought that in the Rules poster, the photo took graphic precedence over the title, which is a Bad Thing, and I’m inclined to agree. No criticism in the second, ’cause there was no set hierarchy in that one either. They are done on F.W. Goudy, a publisher and typographer from the 1800’s.

Born on the 8th of April 1865, Mr. Frederic William Goudy initially found work as a somewhat unsatisfied accountant, but after starting in a job at a bookstore in Chicago, he fell in love with books & type.
He began acquainting himself with prominent typographers and learning as much as was possible about type and typography. He soon moved on to print
companies, and while his first company was unsuccessful, his second enterprise, Village Press, was more successful. Founded in 1903, the Press’ first piece was an essay by William Morris. Shortly after, in 1905, Goudy created the “Copperplate” typeface. By 1914, his type designs were successful enough that he signed on with the American Type Founders Company to govern his typefaces. His career continued to grow from then on, with many companies and individuals commissioning typefaces from him as his reputation spread.
By his death on May 11, 1947, Goudy had designed 116 fonts, and had published 59 literary works. Among his most famous typefaces were Copperplate (1905), Kennerley (1911), Goudy Old Style (1915),
Deepdene (1927), Remington Typewriter (1929), Californian (1938), and Bulmer (1939).

What a dude. Totally awesome. Well, if you like type. I didn’t when I started Communications Through Visual Language, but after – it kinda captivates me. How odd. Anyway, the posters were the fun part of all that – researching him kinda bit, ’cause there’s far more out there trying to sell you typefaces than there is telling you about him.

Done Thursday, April 6th.

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