Typographic Films

G T's picture

This was recently posted on Design Observer and I thought you all may be interested.

The first one contains footage of Frederic Goudy going through the process of making a typeface.

(note: the smock he wears is for the film only - normally he would wear a shirt, apparently)

http://typeculture.com/academic_resource/movies/

Regards,

Graham

Jackie Frant's picture

Thank you for that site Graham - I particularly enjoyed the Typomania film...

paul d hunt's picture

See also Video.

metalfoot's picture

What a great site for a newcomer to the field...!

Conor's picture

You have to love Herr Spiekermann’s attitude to naming with projects like “Typomania” and “Kern up the volume”. Keep it up Erik.

blank's picture

You have to love Herr Spiekermann’s attitude to naming with projects like “Typomania” and “Kern up the volume”. Keep it up Erik.

Not to mention how cute that bow-tie was.

Linda Cunningham's picture

Design Observer is a brilliant web site -- if I don't go there once a day, I go into withdrawl....

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

if I don’t go there once a day, I go into withdrawl...

Me too!

Linda Cunningham's picture

The newest article Diversity as Form: The Yale Architecture Posters, posted yesterday, is worth visiting by all Typophiles....

Bruce's picture

Does anybody know if Farewell, Etaoin Shrdlu was ever ported over to DVD? (Or even VHS for that matter.) I just checked Amazon and it didn't come up. A movie I have always wanted to see.

I think the sound of mats being distributed back into the magazine is right up there with the most beautiful music the world has ever known!

Bruce's picture

Hilarious typo!!!!

I went nosing a bit farther to find information about the film, and came upon a page from Penn State's Library. (http://www.libraries.psu.edu/admin/colloquia/foreman.htm)

The second paragraph begins, "To introduce the film, Foreman, who worked in the newspaper business for 41 years holding positions such as coyeditor for the New York Times . . ."

Linda Cunningham's picture

Does anybody know if Farewell, Etaoin Shrdlu was ever ported over to DVD? (Or even VHS for that matter.)

IMDB hasn't even heard of it -- that's not a good sign.

And that typo deserves a serious ROFL: I've never met an editor who was coy.... ;-)

Bruce's picture

I did discover that it is (or at least was) available on VHS, so I'm going to see if I can order it via interlibrary loan.

Linda Cunningham's picture

Good luck -- that IMDB hadn't listed it tells me you're in serious trouble. Even one of my favourite movies (O Lucky Man) hasn't made it to DVD, although I'd kill for a copy. (I do have the soundtrack on vinyl....)

blank's picture

Design Observer is a brilliant web site — if I don’t go there once a day, I go into withdrawl…

Agreed. It's nice to have a design site that's not just a bunch of links to CSS/Flash pages and flashy portfolios.

satya's picture

thank you so much for the link.

Rob O. Font's picture

"Farewell, Etaoin Shrdlu" was played at ATypI in 1999's film festival, so I know it exists on VHS. We purchased it then from someone in N.J. who owns rights but I can't remember anything else about it.

eriks's picture

You have to love Herr Spiekermann’s attitude to naming with projects like “Typomania” and “Kern up the volume”

Credit only where credit is due. Yes, I did name that TV show after my affliction (which, by the way, is incurable, but not lethal), but I did not come up with "Kern up the volume". My name for that roadshow was "Spinal Type", but then my colleagues at the ISTD got scared in case some big movie company came after us. I didn't share that fear (having survived numerous attacks by Harvey Hunt, Hollywood laywers don't frighten me), but was persuaded to drop it. ISTD council came up with the Kern title – not sure whether Freda Sack, Jonathan Dorney or any of the other members want to take personal credit.

Solipsism's picture

Bruce:

A VHS or DVD copy of David Loeb Weiss’ 29min documentary Farewell, Etaoin Shrdlu can be obtained from:

Carl Schlesinger
39 Myrtle Street
Rutherford, NJ 07070
201-935-5504

The filmmaker passed away in 2005.

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