The Creation of a Printing Type

From The Design to The Print by Frederic W. Goudy. This silent film from the 1930s shows the preeminent American type designer Frederic Goudy (1865–1947) creating his typeface Goudy Saks. Goudy fans will delight in watching the master at work, but more importantly, this is a document of his type-making process – from the original drawings in pencil and ink, through the engraving of the working pattern and the matrix to the casting and proofing. (Thanks to Prof. David Pankow for allowing us to post this film.)