Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century
A film by Richard Kegler
Making Faces focuses on one man’s dedication to his craft and relays the details of creating a metal typeface, while also conveying this passion to anyone who values the “hand-made” in today’s world of convenience. Jim Rimmer’s good humor and intelligent description of his process make it an enjoyable viewing experience for those who are even vaguely interested in how things are made.
This fascinating design documentary captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist Jim Rimmer (1931–2010). In 2008, P22 Type Foundry commissioned Rimmer to create a new type design—Stern—that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font. Rimmer was one of only a few who possessed the skills needed to create a new metal font. This film documents Rimmer’s process of making that font, and was a unique opportunity to share his knowledge and passions with the world.
You can now watch Making Faces for free
• On Youtube
• At the Canadian Typography Archives
• Via Letterform Archive
No-Frills Edition DVD contains:
- None of the special features below
- Just the DVD in a simple paper sleeve,
but even that is hand letterpress printed
- Region Free 45 minute documentary
- In depth bonus features on the type making process
- Newly digitized rare silent film from the 1930s: The Creation of a Printing Type from the Design to Print by Frederic W. Goudy
- One actual piece of Stern type cast in metal by Jim Rimmer
- Subtitles in 10 Languages: English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, and Spanish
- Hand printed letterpress specimen of the
full Stern typeface
- Hand printed letterpress DVD case with design
by KeeganMeegan & Co.
- Hand printed letterpress envelope to hold the
- Hand printed letterpress inserts to hold the DVDs
- Second Disc with digital copy of 720p HD versions of the film for Mac and Windows