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Typography Videos

The best videos from the fields of typography, calligraphy and lettering

Gravers & Files—The lost art of type punch cutting

Canadian designer Carl Dair’s film on the lost art of type punch cutting. Initiated by Rod McDonald and Sheridan College in Canada, and narrated by Matthew Carter, this 45-minute film was made in 1957 when Carl Dair studied type making under master letter-engraver P. H. Rädisch at the Joh. Enschedé en Zonen Type Foundry in Holland.

Early Music Printing

A video about how music was printed during the Renaissance with examples from the Plantin workshop in Antwerp.

The Computer Chronicles: Font City (1991)

This episode of the Computer Chronicles looks at the art of font selection. Demonstrations include WordPerfect, PostScript, HP LaserJet III, TypeAlign, Type On Call, Adobe Type Manager, MacWrite, Apple StyleWriter, Apple LaserWriter, Bitstream’s FaceLift, and FontMonger. Originally broadcast in 1991.

Walbaum—The Man and the Typeface

German type designer Justus Erich Walbaum created the typeface Walbaum-Antiqua around 1800. This video tells his story.