Letterpress, lead type, screen print, saddle stitching, corner rounder, litho, calligraphy – just a few of the terms that were thrown around last night at Adobe’s KCDesignCore meetup.
Our small group of designers were taken back in time as Calvert Guthrie graciously gave us a tour of his community print shop, Kansas City Center for the Ink & Paper Arts (KCCIPA). Calvert’s space, rented to local artists, comes fully equipped with everything a printer needs, including quite the collection of antique and modern printing presses. He also teaches classes, which include letterpress printing and calligraphy. Calligraphy is something he specialized in when he worked on greeting cards for Hallmark.
When I was in Typography class in college, we practiced calligraphy, which has become somewhat of a lost art since the age of computers. We were also required to learn and identify over 100 fonts. Being able to instantly identify a font really speeded up my workflow as I was designing graphics. Since then, I’ve forgotten some of the characteristics of many fonts and the number of fonts I immediately recognize is much less. It drives me crazy when I am looking for a particular font and I don’t know the name of it. Some of the group members last night recommended online font identifiers. Why didn’t I think of that?
What The Font – I like this one the best. I can upload an image of text and then the tool identifies each letter and gives its recommendation(s). This is perfect for me as I am usually trying to match a font used in a flattened jpg.
What Font Is – Unless you sign in with an account, you may become annoyed with their ads and surveys, as I did.
Identifont – This one is for the more advanced designer. You won’t get very far in your search unless you already have some of the information on the font in question. If you have enough information to get started, this is a great tool.