history of P22, like all history, is filled with
a mix of myth, fact, conjecture and legend. The
first 10 years of P22 type foundry have transpired
with their share of highs and lows and a legacy
filled with many digital fonts and other fine
things. This book will in no way give a concise
history of P22 type foundry, but rather a lush
view into a few select projects and details of
the vast P22 empire.
into three distinct sections, this book requires
interaction from the reader.
Completely visual, this section features a barrage
of design elements that begin with items of inspiration
for various P22 projects. It flows through a double
fold out section to a culmination of finished
2: The Art of Printing/P22 Team in Action
Five diptych spreads feature photographs by Eric
Frick. A detail of printing machinery in action
is paired with semi-fictional portraits of the
five principal members of the P22 company.
3: P22 Deci-Annual Report and Book notes
In complete contrast to Section 1 and Section
2, Section 3 is text only and gives the reader
the stories behind much of the imagery seen in
the previous sections of the book.
production notes give further insight into the
book and its making.The overall effect is a slightly
surreal coffee table book with a heaping helping
of self-deprecating humor and some genuine insight
into the workings of P22 type foundry.
could go on and describe more details of the book,
but suffice to say it is epic. OK, perhaps not
that epic, but the physical attributes are: 10”
x 10” in size, about 36 pages, 6 different
kinds of paper, metallic inks, die cutting, foil
stamping, debossing, varnish overprints, translucent
sheets, grommet binding and rare photographic
evidence of the elusive staff of P22 in their
natural habitat. Produced as a limited edition
(in collaboration with Mohawk
Frick Photography and Petit
Printing) of 2500 copies with 500 set aside
for sale. Surely never to be reprinted. Only Regularly $19.95 -now $14.95
while supplies last.
Rare misprint version also available