Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hamilton Wood Type Update

Lots of things have been happening at one of my all-time favorites, the Hamilton Wood Type Museum.

They've put up a new website that went live just yesterday:

Home page snapshot of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum website

Target has announced it's going to produce a fall clothing line based on work created by its designers after a visit to the museum. This both pleases and horrifies me, in a way. I can see that the museum would be tremendously inspirational to clothing designers, and it's great for Hamilton's notoriety, but the video subjected me to hearing one designer refer to it as the "wood block" museum where she could create some "really unique" designs, while another used that oogy phrase "on trend."

Finally, there's a brief follow-up video to the documentary film Typeface, telling about the effect it has had on the museum. One of the neatest things is that it connected the museum with people like Paul Gehl of the Newberry Library in Chicago, which in turn put them in touch with other type museums around the world, like Italy's Tipoteca Italiana and the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany.

The video features Jim and Bill Moran, two heroes of mine. They show what dedication and creativity can do to make the world a better place.


Peter Hoh said...

My in-laws were friendly with a family business in Hyderabad, India, which produced fabrics using wood block printing. You can get a taste of the process at this YouTube video.

Daughter Number Three said...

That's fascinating, Peter. Fabric printing is another whole universe I've never thought about much.