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The Making of Making Printers’ Type

Richard L. Hopkins

Sometimes, what the sideline reporter cooks up is more interesting than the football game being broadcast. Hopefully, that’s not the case here. Instead, consider this “the rest of the story,”—behind-the-scenes information on the book Making Printers’ Type: Man’s 500 Year Quest to Develop Better Methods, which I published in 2020. [Read more]

Monotype’s Obsessions

Richard L. Hopkins


Robert A. Thom, “Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype”, oil on canvas, Kimberly Clark Graphic Communications Through the Ages Series, ca. 1960. Courtesy of RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

In my introduction to my book Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype: The Origin of Digital Typesetting (University of Tampa Press, 2013), I noted that a whole lot of “stuff” was left out of the book intentionally. Paul Moxon has asked me just what that “extra stuff” might be. [Read more]