Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century
A film by Richard Kegler
Making Faces focuses on one man's dedication to his craft and relays the details of creating a metal typeface, while also conveying this passion to anyone who values the "hand-made" in today's world of convenience. Jim Rimmer's good humor and intelligent description of his process make it an enjoyable viewing experience for those who are even vaguely interested in how things are made.
This fascinating design documentary captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). In 2008, P22 Type Foundry commissioned Rimmer to create a new type design—Stern—that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font. Rimmer was one of only a few who possessed the skills needed to create a new metal font. This film documents Rimmer’s process of making that font, and was a unique opportunity to share his knowledge and passions with the world.
Hand printed letterpress envelope to hold the metal type
Hand printed letterpress inserts to hold the DVDs
Second Disc with digital copy of 720p HD versions of the film for Mac and Windows
Reviews “The film is excellent ...truly wonderful! (Jim Rimmer is) wonderfully charming and such an amount of detail to observe.” - - The Brothers Quay, filmmakers
“I’m not sure what impresses me more, Rimmer’s love and devotion to his work, which is so beautifully portrayed in this movie, or the fact that a fellow designer took it upon himself to document it.” - - Rudy VanderLans, Emigre
“I think it’s a terrific piece of work. For those of us who knew Jim, it’s a powerful reminder of what we’ve lost. For all those who didn’t, I think it’s a fine, true glimpse of what they missed.” - - Robert Bringhurst, Author- Elements of Typographic Style
"A pure process film on the true hands-on method of creating typefaces, as demonstrated by one of its last practitioners. 'Making Faces' is an important resource for typography students and experts alike." - - Gary Hustwit, filmmaker(Helvetica)
"I feel that if you are in the graphic arts industry, it is important that one knows how this industry evolved and especially the part about where does type come from. In our digital age, we’ve lost touch with our roots and this film fills in a very important segment. I encourage every professional graphic designer ... to buy a copy of the DVD ... and be informed about the craft of type creating and feel confident that you have some real insights into the foundation of your business. This is the best, most intimate view of it I’ve ever seen on the subject. Don’t miss this opportunity." - -Ian Black, CGD Certified Graphic Designer
★★★★½ "Anyone interested in the mechanical arts, and especially typographers and designers, should add this film to their library." - - Brian Charles Clark, Curled Up With a Good DVD