I was lucky enough to attend a sneak peak screening this evening, of a new typographic documentary: Typeface. Lucky indeed.
Typeface discusses the changes in the globalization of industry, and the effect of the computer and demand for faster results on the manual printing techniques which came before it. The Hamilton Wood Type Museum plays a central role, which shelters over 1.5 million pieces of wood type in rural Wisconsin. More importantly, it reminds us of the importance of the history of our profession and why we should cherish it. Be sure to check out the film’s about page for some more background.
I’m sure you’re wondering if it can compare to Helvetica… While the production quality is a little rougher, I enjoyed it just as much (and granted, the editing was not fully complete for the screening). While it doesn’t have influential figures giving testimony, it does have a very humbling cast of passionate people who have lived through the evolution of the industry.
I found myself chuckling quite often, while this is a documentary, it doesn’t feel like one. In the same vein as Helvetica, even those not fully enthralled with typography will enjoy it.
I won’t deluge many details about its contents, but if you enjoyed Helvetica, I promise you will enjoy Typeface. It will be appearing in film festivals in the near future, I would expect showings in art theaters, and an expected DVD release in late 2009. Be sure to check it out if you have even a passing interest in typography.