May 04 - May 05, 2010
(Justine Nagan, 2009, DigiBeta, 60 min)
In an age of digital design and portable media, this new documentary explores the twilight of an analog craft and the small town museum that once was a thriving center of the printing industry. The Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI bears an important part of the lineage of American graphic design. On most days, a lone employee waits in a cavernous old industrial building for its occasional trickle of visitors to arrive. But come Friday, the place comes alive as printmaking workshops led by, and filled with some of the nation’s top design talent, descend on the sleepy enclave. Typeface investigates the history of wood type, introduces us to proponents of the letterpress process around the country, and champions the convergence of modern design and traditional technique.
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About Jim Moran
Jim Moran is the Director of The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI. He runs letterpress workshops, archives the collection and maintains the museum on a daily basis. Previously he had volunteered at Hamilton and donated presses and equipment from his Green Bay, WI shop, Moran's Quality Print Shop, where he worked as apprentice, pressman, partner and owner with his father and grandfather for over 35 years.
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