Join us online for this year's event November 5-8, 2020. The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum annual Wayzgoose type conference hosts designers, printers, typographers and letter geeks of all stripes from across the globe. This year we're excited to partner with The American Printing History Association for the conference. It is a weekend filled with type talk, great speakers, and lots of letterpress.

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Programming starts at 12 noon CST each day. Times below are stated in CST.

Schedule subject to change

Thursday, November 5

11:45 - 12:00pm Hamilton Hang - Morning Edition

Paula will be discussing her new book Twenty-Five Years at the Public, A Love Story.

Paula Scher »

Dafi will share his research into the history of late alternatives to wood type.

From Berthold starting to pantograph-cut Plakadur type in their rebuilt manufactury in Stuttgart in the 1950, through the two brothers Diller, who became the German hub for poster type manufacturing in the mid 1960s and invented the casting process of large bodied plastic type, to DeLittle in York (UK) who simply started cutting type into solid transparent perspex.

And back to the 1917, when a Swiss manufactury started offering all their wood type in pantograph-cut light metal—an aluminum alloy.

Dafi Kuhne »

The plan for making a celebratory chromatic in the year 2020 did not seem to be an extraordinary feat during its inception in the fall of 2019.

The plan in the fall did not account for a global pandemic. Each typeface presents its own difficulties as the patterns are produced. The problem-solving is usually easily achieved by modifying the drawing of patterns on the computer.

The new face called Virgin Renaissance managed to provide many challenges. How to get patterns made when commerce is shut down and how to get new tools manufactured.

This is the story of how the problems were solved and how a new chromatic face came to be. The process of making patterns, tools and the cutting and printing of a new chromatic wood type will be explained.

Geri McCormick »

Join Hamilton’s Master Printer, Jim Moran, for a demonstration of how he prints with the hand-carved blocks from the museum’s Enquirer Collection.

Jim Moran »

The APHA presentation tonight will cover the organization's activities, publications, and programs. Find out how we are in action and in print—since 1974! The presentation is by E. Haven Hawley, President of APHA

5:30 - 5:45pm Taste of Two Rivers - A Visit to Kurtz’s Pub
6:00 - 7:00pm Hamilton Hang - Join your friends and fellow attendees at a virtual happy hour on Zoom.

Friday, November 6

11:45am - 12:00pm Hamilton Hang - Morning Edition

Susan Skarsgard has had a circuitous and unusual career path, starting off as a self-taught calligrapher; an apprenticeship as commercial lettering artist; freelance work as a graphic designer; printmaker; book artist and teacher … all of which led to 25 years at General Motors designing emblems and nameplates for cars and trucks, Ultimately she founded and managed the GM Design Archive & Special Collections which is the official repository for the rich history of design at General Motors. Her study of letters has informed every aspect of her rich & varied career and she will visually illustrate this story with the intent/hope of inspiring others to follow their own voice.

Susan Skarsgard »

This talk converges on the visual aspects of hand typeset specimens from famous Indian foundries which addresses a crucial period in the history of colonial India where a new printing and font casting technology arrives and in a few decades captures both the market and imagination of the Indian mass printing.

The presentation will explore and elucidate the India foundry type specimens prints and their ideological and sociological significance as India’s unifying visual medium of communication for distribution of metal fonts and awareness for distinct Latin and Non-Latin series respectively.

Zenab Bastawala »

Krankies are an old storytelling art form thought to have originated in the United Kingdom in the 1800’s. It made its way to Appalachia illustrating ballads as they were sung. It is an illustrated scroll that is wound onto two spools. The spools are loaded into a box which has a viewing window. The scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told, a song is sung or a tune is played. “Krankies” are also sometimes called moving panoramas, as they are a drawing or painting that can be manually moved and are portrayed within a box. In Appalachia, it was bringing the “moving pictures” to the hollows (“hollers”).

Families would sing a song, a mountain ballad, play music, or tell a story, while the scroll was moving, usually with a lantern or fire light behind it (much in line with traditional Japanese Puppet Theater). This was “Appalachian animation” presented without electricity using the backlights of candles, lanterns, or firelight.

Catherine Schrenker »

The Dox Thrash team began this project over four years ago in an effort to preserve the home of Black printer Dox Thrash in Philadelphia. They have continued this project in addition to beginning careers in diverse fields ranging throughout the city of Philadelphia from development, architecture and historic preservation.

Chris Mulford »
Dana Rice »
Maya Thomas »

Watch 2nd generation Hamilton type cutter, George Liesch and her apprentice, Jennifer Anne, demonstrate the finer points of how type cutting is done at Hamilton. Learn tips and tricks she learned from her father, Norbert Brylski, and other Hamilton Mfg. employees Mardell Doubek and David Artz. David Carpenter will explain the type trimming process.

George Liesch »

Fraktura, currently in its editing phase (April 2020), is a typographic horror movie inspired by the silent era of expressionist film making, in particular the film by F. W. Murnau, Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror, 1922.

Drawing from the experimental techniques of this period, Fraktur transposes formal aspects of the genre with its 1: 1.33 format, negative sequences, different speeds and exploring the use of black and white textures in a chiaroscuro aesthetic.

Judith Poirier »

5:00 - 5:45pm Taste of Two Rivers - A Visit to Woody's Side-track Tap  Bar
6:00 - 7:00pm Hamilton Hang - Join your friends and fellow attendees at a virtual happy hour on Zoom.

Saturday, November 7

11:45am - 12:00pm Hamilton Hang - Morning Edition

Hacking Gutenberg - Join type designer and letterpress printer Erik Spiekermann as he discusses 21st century methods of letterpress using tools from the 18th and 19th century.

Erik Spiekermann »

In an effort to expand the it’s coverage of global scripts, the Cary Collection at R.I.T. acquired an important collection of some 40 fonts of Hebrew wood type in 2014.

As we focus on telling the history of American printing through original artifacts, this collection has been carefully cleaned and restored in accordance with established archival practices. Now, it is poised to serve its purpose as an accessible historical resource.

Shani Avni »

Rick will discuss printing history and it's implications with the 1st Amendment while drawing attention to what our fellow practitioners have been doing in the printing community.

Rick Griffith »

This 45-minute panel session will explore the challenges of maintaining a collection, arranging acquisitions, organizing volunteers, creating compelling programming, staffing positions, and fundraising.

Panelists from five printing institutions will each give a short (5-minute) overview of the organization they represent. The remainder of the panel session will be led by the moderator who will ask the speakers about their success stories, growth initiatives, and planning strategies.

Join Hamilton’s Executive Administrative Director, Peter Crabbe, as he gives an update about the museum.

5:00 - 5:45pm Bingo
5:45 - 6:00pm Taste of Two Rivers - A Visit to Rudy’s Bowling Lanes
6:00 - 7:00pm Hamilton Hang - Join your friends and fellow attendees at a virtual happy hour on Zoom.

Sunday, November 8

11:45am - 12:00pm Hamilton Hang - Morning Edition

Richard Kegler of P22 Type Foundry will interview Bruce Licher of Independent Projects Press about his career as a designer and printer. They’ll also discuss their joint collaboration, Savage Impressions, a monograph documenting Bruce’s work.

Bruce Licher and Richard Kegler »

Founded in Turin in 1852, by the turn of the century the Nebiolo Foundry had raised to prominence as a leading manufacturer of foundry type and printing presses, with a competitive international edge.

From the 1910s throughout the 1970s its Art Studio, headed by renowned designers such as Giulio Da Milano, Alessandro Butti and Aldo Novarese, released influential typefaces — such as Paganini, Semplicità, Neon, Veltro, Augustea, Garaldus, Recta, Eurostile, Stop.

The foundry eventually ceased operations in 1978. While the complex story of the company’s folding is well documented, the origins of its design studio at the end of the nineteenth-century are still shrouded in contradictory references.

A close reading of information scattered in archival materials offers clues to solving the puzzle. By retracing these early steps, this presentation will help shed new light on the role played by lesser known figures, such as Dalmazzo Gianolio, Edoardo Cotti and Raffaello Bertieri.

Alessandro Colizzi »

Join us on an unexpected journey as we explore Hamilton’s roots through the evolution of its logomark as it was digitally forged into the Hamilton Script typeface.

Stuart Sandler »

This panel will contextually redefine and explore the manner to which trans-disciplinary methodologies are able to hybridize peer collaboration among diverse undergraduate and graduate students at a major Research One University.

It will chronicle a course led by a professor of graphic design and a professor of book arts, printmaking, and paper; as well as an international artist-in-residence, whose work explores themes of language, the body, and transformational experiences.

Moreover, the panelist will highlight the roles to which reflective design, language, and theory influenced the resulting 15 unique casebound and letterpress printed formats, with each being editioned.

Presenters »

Learn how to create a unique letterform using metal ornaments! In this demo, Jen will discuss the styles of letters that work best for the process and how to sketch ideas while keeping basic printer’s math in mind. The design of each ornament, including its positive and negative space, will be discussed so that participants can explore forms within their own collections. Symmetrical and more complicated asymmetrical letters will be covered, as well as tips for combining metal ornaments to achieve the best results.

Join Hamilton’s Program Officer, Stephanie Carpenter, for a demonstration on how to print in new and exciting ways.

5:45 - 6:00pm Taste of Two Rivers - A Visit to Neshota Beach
6:00 - 7:00pm Hamilton Hang - Join your friends and fellow attendees at a virtual happy hour on Zoom.


End of Conference!