In the past typographers required knowledge of printing processes including type founding and printing and by the early twentieth century the definition of typographer was restricted to that of designer of the printed page as distinct from the compositor or machine operator. Today the ‘typographer’ has become a vague term, which does not account for the inherent differences that technology has brought to the discipline. Typography is no longer a vocation but an emergent profession that is difficult to define. Contemporary font design frequently combines classical, bespoke skills rendered on screen.
Stage one Graphic Design Communication students have been developing a new ornamental display font with highly Individual characters inspired by drawing digitally and laser cut manufactured to the exacting standards reminiscent of a traditional font foundry.
Level tutor Nigel Bents and Associate Lecturer Paul Oakley will further support students by printing typographic posters at the New North Press.