Typography students play with time

Today the Level 5 Typography 1 class started up with an exercise called Temporal Trios – students take a medium of their choice and construct a piece of type that will change through time. Here are some of the results of this short’n'sweet group project.

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…


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.

Senior Print Media Students Celebrate

Today our Senior Print Media students celebrated the halfway point of the semester with presentations of their project work and…


One design student, Ashley De Grey, used her self-identity and branding project to create a brand for cake decorating business. And she kindly brought in a sumptuous chocolate cake for us all to savour. Yummy!

Students below, left to right: Ashley De Grey, Morgan Hancock, Jaimee Tarrant, Rozelda van der Watt, Alex Dodunski, and Layton Otene. Each holding an item from the brand they have created, including logo design, business cards, and various other branded collateral items.

New. Shiny. Beautiful

So there is a delightful surprise awaiting students tomorrow morning. Our new Apple iMacs have arrived!

Here’s a sneak peak to get your heart going:

Gorgeous new iMacs, making our Mac Media Suite now the highest-spec classroom on campus!

Who gets to use them, you might be wondering? Well, if you are an enrolled student then YOU DO! Ask you tutor to schedule time for your class in here. We want all students to experience the Mac platform as well as Windows PC.

How soon can you get your mits on them? Well there is still a bit of setting up and tidying up to do, but should be happening this week for timetabled classes.

Inglewood Students Design Day

Yesterday the students from Yr 9 and 10 art at Inglewood came to take part in the lettering design workshop. With their teachers Clare Tate and Sally-May Hopper, the students seemed to have a great time and we had lots of fun too. Here are some pics of the day’s activities:

The Inglewood High School students (standing in the Certificate of Photography exhibition):

Work gets started – planning letters:

Working with vintage buttons:

Using lollies and beads:

Sometimes taking photos required going to great heights:

Rocks harvested from the garden:

The biggest letter of the day, made out of school bags:

An origami “J”:

Working with wood blocks and coffee beans:

Learning to use Photoshop to clear-cut and re-mix the letters:

Finished prints, from the commercial digital printer:


Spotswood Students Design Day

Creating your own lettering? From scratch? Out of pasta and buttons and origami and metal? Why, that sounds like fun!

Spotswood College students Sophie, Sam, Ruth, Meg, Dione, Brooke, Larissa, Joanne, Jeremy, and Ashleigh got straight into planning and developing their letters. Each student created large scale custom-lettering out of a variety of objects.

Then it was time to photograph them…

Spotswood teacher Tracy helping out with a letter made entirely of plastic drinking straws.

Using the studio lights to make the images in the slides nice and bright.

Working with pasta.

A beautiful letter Q, made out of pasta spirals.

Donna (tutor) helping out in the computer lab.

Vicki (tutor) printing the finished pieces for everyone.

Philippa’s (tutor) attempt at custom-lettering.

Students working in the computer lab.

Some of the finished prints. Not bad for only 3hrs start to finish!

A great bunch of students, we loved having you all come to visit and hope you had fun!