Filmcomposition was an English phototypesetter and supplier of Typsettra fonts. Typsettra was something like the ITC of Canada, recreating classic typefaces in 1970s fashion, with large x-heights and ultra tight spacing. “Les”, as mentioned in the ad above, refers to Les Usherwood, who founded Typsettra and designed many of its typefaces.
Illustrations by Doug Panton.
The above ads were designed and art directed by Ed Cleary. Cleary was one of the owners of Filmcomposition in London, UK. Cleary came to Toronto, Canada in the early 1980s to set up and run The Composing Room, a Berthold shop and a subsiduary Cooper & Beatty.
Thank you, Martyn! Cleary’s name is added to the metadata. And thanks for adding that first ad to Wikipedia — it’s what led me to the others.
My recollection was that these ads were conceived by Art Director Michael Edwards at Ryan Edwards. Before launching ryanedwards with Jim, Michael was creative director at Foote, Cone & Belding in Toronto. Jim and Michael first worked together at Miller Myers Bruce Dalla Costa.
To the best of my recollection?
I have been looking for the Posters that are on Les Usherwood’s Typsettera Legacy posters. Were they released after his death and what are they worth to collectors?
Norman, The “Legacy” poster is advertised by TypeMasters, Inc. in U&lc, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Nov 1984). The text at the bottom indicates that the poster was indeed released after his death. I don’t know the value of the poster today, but I have yet to see one appear on eBay if that’s any indication.
What happend to the Type Posters that are showcased on the Les Usherwood Legacy poster?
Photo(s) by “Groove is in the Art” on Flickr.
Contributed by Stephen Coles