Buffalo, New York – HWT Artz is the newest wood type to be cut at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. It was designed by venerable type designer Erik Spiekermann for his own print studio (P98a in Berlin), specifically to be cut into large size wood type. The digital version is being offered to the general public with proceeds of sales to benefit the museum’s ongoing operations.
HWT Artz evokes bold early 20th century European poster lettering. The design itself is intended to minimize hand-finishing and thus production time with rounded corners rather than sharp interior corners that would normally have to be hand-finished.
In keeping with the tradition of naming new Hamilton designs after key figures from the living history of Hamilton (and following Spiekermann’s tradition of four letter font names), Artz is named after Dave Artz- Hamilton Manufacturing retiree and master type trimmer.
About the Designer:
Erik Spiekermann is information architect, type designer and author. Two of his typefaces, FF Meta and ITC Officina, are considered to be modern classics. He founded MetaDesign (1979) and FontShop (1988). He is behind the design of well-know brands such as Audi, Bosch, VW, German Railways and Heidelberg Printing, among others; information systems for Berlin Transit and Düsseldorf Airport and for publications like The Economist.
Erik is Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts in Bremen and in 2003 received the Gerrit Noordzij Award from the Royal Academy in The Hague. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorship from Pasadena Art Center. He was made an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA in Britain in 2007 and Ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation by the European Union for 2009. In 2011 he received the German National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement and the TDC Medal. Today, he is managing partner and creative director of Edenspiekermann with offices in Berlin, Amsterdam and San Francisco.
P22 type foundry and the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum have forged a partnership that brings 19th Century ingenuity into relevance with the latest online technologies. This joint venture, known as the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry (HWT), will see a large collection of wood type designs converted into up-to-date font technologies.
About the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum:
The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world and an unparalleled source of research material for type designers.
P22 Type Foundry is an independent design house that creates computer typefaces inspired by art and history. The company is renowned for its work with museums and foundations such as the Guggenheim, the London Transport Museum, The Philadelphia Art Museum of Art and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to ensure the development of accurate historical typefaces that are fully relevant for today’s computer user. Copyright (C) 2014 P22 Type Foundry. All Rights Reserved.