The Book Makers film titles
The Book Makers is a one-hour documentary about handmade books and the people who make them. The titles are set almost entirely in the appropriately bookish Triptych Roman, an homage to the rough-and-ready text faces of the 19th century, such as Old Style Antique No. 7. Unfortunately, it’s set a bit too tight for comfort here; this is a wide, loose, open typeface meant for small sizes. Still, it’s a great choice for the subject — quiet, sturdy, and reminiscent of a time when type (like the books in the film) was very much made by hand.
The film is beautifully made and will be a delight to anyone who loves artist’s books or thoughtful craft of any kind. It’s filled with many friends and people whose work I admire, including Mark Sarigianis who runs one of the last remaining Monotype casting operations in the country. (Sadly for Bay Area neighbors like me, Mark’s taken his Prototype Press back East and is no longer working in that punkrock press shop at Oakland’s American Steel building shown here.)
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