Type casting and talks, and finding out what I do for a living.

Oct 30, 2010 by

In case, for some reason, you’re interested in what I do for a living, you’ve several opportunities to find out in preposterous detail, both right  now and in the near future…

1.  I’m doing a talk at St Bride Library, with Phil Abel from Hand & Eye Letterpress, in which we’re going to be talking about our Monotype Casters, what it’s like having them and running them, and our technological innovations.

2. As part of the Ink exhibition at UCL, I’m going to be there on 4th November responding to the various exhibits by making an entirely new exhibit, using letterpress equipment, throughout the course of the day.  If you come along, you’ll be able to see me noodling around, and we can have a chat about things too, if you like.

3.  Now that I’m (nearly) running a Monotype Composition Caster and a Supercaster, as well as doing a day a week at the Type Museum, I’m writing a type-founding blog on http://adventuresinmonotype.tumblr.com.  It is, of course, a bit technical, but I’m trying to make it easy to read, for anyone who might have a passing interest.  If nothing else, it should be easier than reading a caster manual…


  1. Interesting article over at adventuresinmonotype. I don’t think it’s right about the Type Museum being the only place left that makes mats, though. L’Imprimerie nationale in Paris employs a hand-punchcutter, or still did a few years ago, and I’d be surprised if she didn’t strike mats from her punches. Stan Nelson cuts punches too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eExllUeGtvc

  2. nick

    You’re right, I should have said that Kumar and Duncan are the only people from the Monotype tradition of things; I’m equally sure there are people out there making punches and mats that I’ll never even hear of…

    I remember reading a bit about a hand punchcutter in Paris; I’ll have to track those links down again.

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