Installation view of the Pencil to Pixel exhibition, which runs from 3-9 May in New York's Tribeca Skyline Studio
The show charts the development of typography up to its present technology-infused state
Original letter drawings of 'Littleworth', an unreleased typeface, from the Monotype archives
Original artwork for 'Littleworth', from Monotype's archive
Eric Gill's 1928 pencil and ink drawings for 'Gill Sans Italic'
Monotype released versions of 'Helvetica' and 'Univers' for phototypesetting years before the Linotype versions joined the library
'Pencil to Pixel' offers typography fanatics a chance to get up close to rare implements, artworks and artifacts relating to type history
One such artifact is this copy of 'Big Red' - a comprehensive specimen book of Linotype faces, published in 1939
The inside-cover of 'Big Red'
Essentially a reference tool, the book is a showpiece of the Chauncey Griffith era
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The veritable British typography firm Monotype has dreamt up the ultimate showcase for the font fiends in all of us. 'Pencil to Pixel' is a comprehensive exhibition offering typography fanatics a chance to get up close to rare implements, artworks and artifacts relating to type history, charting the development of typography up to its present technology-infused state.
'In an era where most people interact with type as a digital experience, Monotype's collection of artifacts relating to type history - examples of precision drafting, metal and film masters, photographs and tools - provide a chance for visitors to explore the very physical history of the typefaces they already know,' explained Dan Rhatigan, Monotype's UK Type Director.
The exhibition also offers an opportunity to see the hand of the author. Says Monotype's James Fooks-Bale: 'A lot of designers are familiar with the "tick-down" menu in their applications but aren't familiar with the fact that it originally came from someone's hand.'
With a history dating back to 1897, Monotype is certainly in a position to hold typographic court. The exhibition, which opens in New York this week, is actually a reprise of a first installment that was staged in London last November. The American leg will feature examples with special relevance to the United States, such as a copy of the 1931 Linotype magazine 'Typographic Sanity,' published in Brooklyn, as well as original Monotype Centaur typeface drawings by American typographer and type designer Bruce Rogers.
Other artifacts on show, which have previously never been seen, include phototype masters for Haas Unica and Neue Helvetica fonts, the original drawings Eric Gill made for Joana and an impeccably maintained manuscript showing the exact Firmin Didot typefaces that inspired Adrian Frutiger's Linotype Didot.
Pencil to Pixel will run from 3-9 May. Tickets are required, but admission is free
Tribeca Skyline Studio
205 Hudson Street