Hamilton's in the news!
We've had a host of cool stories written about our museum and you can link to them here.
Artistic Director Bill Moran penned this article for the Unusual Suspects section of the Design Observer website. Read it here.
CAKE & BANDmade Books team up for Hamilton
Communication Arts recently ran this story about a cool book project that benefits Hamilton Wood Type.
CAKE whose new album, "Showroom of Compassion," debuted at #1 earlier this year on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, has partnered with BANDmade Books to create a limited edition hand made book that showcases the lyrics to the CAKE song "Bound Away". The band has selected Hamilton Wood Type to be one of two recipients of the proceeds from this book. BANDmade Books is the creation of Pam DeLuco whose studio is located in SanFrancisco. Pam partners with musicians who want to use their music to benefit non-profits around the country and Hamilton Wood Type is honored to be selected along with 826 Valencia. You can buy the book on CAKE's website and learn more about the project here.
Target comes to Hamilton!
Our friends at Target are launched a killer collection of clothing and accessories in 2011. Featuring the images from our Globe Printing Plate collection this assortment of shirts, sweatshirts and more was featured as part of Target's Cool Never Fades campaign. The clothing is no longer in Target stores but you can buy it in the Hamilton online store.
Hamilton cuts a new typeface: Lushootseed
Hamilton Wood Type is honored to be working with the Tulalip tribe in Washington state to cut a wood font using the tribes 500 year-old language called Lushootseed. Type designer Juliet Shen took on the design of the typeface with the intention of helping the tribe set up a letterpress printing studio in the new tribal school. It's the designer and tribe's belief that giving young people a chance to "manipulate" their language will serve as a crossroads of literature, literacy, art and technology.
Carter Latin Type Face
In 2002, Matthew Carter, an internationally recognized type designer, created the type face "Van Lanen" for Hamilton. This typeface, with it's wedge-shaped serifs and bold weight is reminiscent of late nineteenth century advertising faces and a perfect compliment to the numerous faces already in the Hamilton collection.
Production of the wood type began following the completion of Carter's drawings, but numerous technical difficulties were encountered while applying the traditional pattern making and routing production method to the face.
Recently, we've incorporated a computer-driven router to achieve the optical effects Carter was looking for and the project is now back on track.
Typeface the Movie
Film director Justine Nagan turns her keen eye on Two Rivers, Wisconsin for an outstanding documentary from her film company Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams). Typeface documents the successes and challenges that Hamilton Wood Type faces in today's world. The film has received tremendous reviews both here and abroad and has brought international attention to the museum. The film is currently airing on PBS nationwide!