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New Light on Old Types: A history of type design – revisited with Stan Knig...

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In 2012 Stan published Historical Types, a sequel to his palaeographical survey Historical Scripts. The specially-commissioned digital images for this book reveal the impression of the metal type into the surface, the squeeze of the ink, and even the surface quality of the paper or vellum. They shed New Light on Old Typefaces. And while compiling the commentaries on these images for his book, Stan discovered that many of the traditional Typographic Authorities did not always get it right, and he needed to shed New Light on these Old Types too.

Stan Knight is perhaps best known as the author of the palaeographical survey, Historical Scripts and its sequel, Historical Types. Both of these books grew out of his more than thirty years’ experience as a professor of Graphic Design in both England and the USA.

Stan first encountered ‘writing, illuminating, and lettering’ sixty–plus years ago when he was a student at Leeds College of Art with Thomas Swindlehurst. (Tom himself had been a student with the Edward Johnston.) ‘Letters’ have been a life-long obsession ever since.

However, since moving to Idaho he has quickly developed skills with a chainsaw and a handgun.

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