"...what makes great typography great." - Steve Jobs
I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating. - 2005 Stanford commencement address
Learn the fundamentals of making "insanely" great typography. The Letterpress Studio at Baker Library is offering to the Dartmouth community an opportunity to learn about traditional book arts through the printing of a chapbook of poetry.
A ten-evening series of intensive instruction is planned to provide an in-depth experience in the technical nuances and creative aspects of ﬁne letterpress printing. The sessions will cover hand-setting and prooﬁng of metal type; typographic design and layout of covers and text pages; and ﬁnal printing and binding of a limited number of copies of the chapbook. Each participant will have the opportunity to consider several choices of poetry from the public domain for his or her own book, including small collections of short poems or excerpts from longer works.
Sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 pm in Baker Library, rooms 21 and 23, from March 28 through May 30, and will be led by Won Chung. Materials and equipment will be provided without charge by the Workshop.
Registration is required and will be limited to only six participants. Dartmouth undergraduates and previous Letterpress Intensive participants will receive priority. Those interested in more information or in signing up should email Won.K.Chung@Dartmouth.edu and mention any relevant graphic arts experience.
When & Where
Book Arts Workshop
The Book Arts Program at Dartmouth College consists of a Letterpress Studio and Bindery Studio. It is open to all levels of experience; instruction on using the printing presses and in binding books is given. There is no fee to use the studios or to attend workshops but participants are expected to follow posted guidelines for cleaning up after themselves and putting away type. Failure to do so may result in studio privileges being revoked. The studios are open Fall, Winter, and Spring term. See our website for more information.