• Steven Heller

Wood Type on Pulp

Matrix 7, edited by Maurice Kessman, designed by R. Roger Remington and art directed by Hans Barschel and Remington, was published to herald the research in wood type being conducted by the legendary Rob Roy Kelly in the mid 1960s. It was printed offset on newsprint to promote “renewed interest in Victorian typography,” which had “some surprising results among designers, amateur printers, historians, antique collectors and man others.” The newsprint has held up well over the years and today serves as a testament to the enduring allure of wood type manufacturing that was perfected with Darius Wells’ 1827 invention of the lateral router. For more, go here.

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →

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