Typography field trip to TATATM Museum

Yesterday the Typography 1 class took a trip out to the Taranaki Aviation and Technology Museum (TATATM). We were kindly looked after by Alan Penfold, Colin Ansell, and Rob Clarkson. Special thanks also go to Terry Foster who helped organise this event.

The day involved each student hand-setting a quote in metal type, then printing a proof. Students were expected to create a concept sketch to work from, and select their typeface/s from either the handset metal type or Ludlow hot type options.

Above: a piece of hot type.

Above: students working out which typefaces to use for their design.

Above: Alan introducing student to lead type.

Above: a font. This one is Univers.

Above: Alan shows Tasha how to use a composing stick to make a line of lead type.

Above: Rob helps students find and select typefaces.

Above: Dion and Chloe begin to compose their first lines of lead type.

Above: Mae composing a line of type.

Above: The word “start” in the composing stick.

Above: Using leading and furniture to space out the lines of type.

Above: Dez working on her concept design, which Billy and Ryan plan their designs.

Above: Temple chose a Ludlow hot type typeface, and is being shown how to set a line by Colin.

Above: The Intertype and Linotype machines.

Above: a typecase.

Above: Jaycee and Shannon selecting lead type from the typecases.

Above: an example of the decorative ornaments available. This one is a pointing hand.

Above: Colin casting a line of hot type on the Ludlow.

Above: Tasha holds a very warm “K”.

Above: Ryan sets out his lead type using a script typeface.

Above: changing fonts is heavy work! Here Ryan swaps his font for the fourth time… kept finding there were letters missing!

Above: using a roller to ink-up the type in the proof press.

Above: placing paper on the freshly inked type.

Above: Rolling the roller over the type to make an impression.

Above: Chloe was the first to proof-print her design.

Above: Tasha inking up the roller.

Above: and placing the paper.

Above: using the press.

Above: Ta-da!

Above: Rob assisting Aaron with his Ludlow type.

Above: A busy class hard at work. It was cold in the workshop but the amount of activity kept us warm! Spot your tutor for extra points.

Above: cleaning ink off the metal type.

Above: Rob brushes dust off some metal type prior to inking it.

Above: Elle with her freshly-printed design.

Above: Ebony working the ink roller like a pro.

Above: a design all tied up with string and ready to print.

Above: Mae inking up the roller, watched on by Colin.

Above: proof prints next to the metal type.

Above: Billy using the proofing press to print…

…this.

Above: all sorts. Used for spacing out metal type.

Above: a typecase handle.

Above: inside a typecase.

Above: Alan helping Ryan find suitable sized spacing material.

Above: a 1923 Type Specimen book.

Above: Laughter as we see just how backwards Billy’s typesetting really is!

Above: Lisa’s design uses a heated embossing powder to make it shiny.

Above: the whole crew. Left to right: Ryan, Lisa, Dion, Billy, Jaycee, Tasha, Alan, Chloe, Dez, Colin, Elle, Mae, Ebony, Shannon, Aaron, Temple, and Rob. Philippa is behind the camera.

A big THANK YOU to the friendly guys at TATATM for allowing us to come and experience hand-set lead type. A wonderful experience.

Careers Expo 2013

Whew! Another whirlwind careers expo is done and dusted. Sunday as usual was for those looking to beat the crowds and learn about WITT courses in their own time, while Monday saw many busloads of high school students come through the TSB Stadium to take part in the fun activities and learn about tertiary study.

Here are some pics that feature WITT Art and our jolly fine crew: Hover for descriptions.

If you didn’t make it up to see us at the Careers Expo this year, don’t worry. You can contact us anytime to talk about studying Art, Design, Photography, Animation, Video.

As part of their Creative Technologies class, students formed a band! Their debut performance was captured by Dominika Zielinska, one of our Certificate of Photography students.