KENNETH DEZHNEV - DEZHNEV & CO., INC. - Graphic Communications Consulting



READING

TYPE

THE COMPOSING ROOM

TYPE TECHNOLOGY

PRINTING & TYPE HISTORY

GENERAL TYPOGRAPHY; CRITICISM

DIGITAL TYPOGRAPHY

EDITORIAL

BOOKBINDING

LINKS

ABOUT/CONTACT

FREELANCE SITE




 

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!!! BREAKING NEWS !!!

I will be teaching a seminar class on “Hand-Set Type and Shop Practice” at the Minnesota Center For Book Arts (MCBA) in Minneapolis.

The class consists of two 3-hour sessions, May 16th and 23rd.
(Wednesdays), from 6 to 9 p.m.
See the MCBA site for sign-up information.

MCBA is located on the first floor of the Open Book building:
1011 Washington Avenue S., Suite 100, Minneapolis MN 55415

The class is something like the metal-type equivalent of the lecture half of Paul Moxon’s Vandercook maintenance course.

It’s what everyone needs to know (based on what I’ve seen over the past four years volunteering in the type room at MCBA) in order to use the type effectively and enjoyably and keep the collection from lapsing into chaos and unusability. It’s a diverse lot of background detail that almost nobody knows at all fully anymore, because it’s virtually never been taught or published outside of trade environments. But it’s all needed to provide the perspective in which typographic and shop “best practices” make sense.

Here’s the description on the MCBA online catalog:

“This comprehensive seminar focuses on the knowledge and skills needed for fully understanding the use and care of resources and tools in the type studio. Topics of discussion will include: essential technological background; typographic measurements for effective production; characteristics, use, and care of Monotype, foundry type, and wood type; anatomy of letterforms, with implications for design; the different classes of typefaces and their uses; choice of fonts for projects; copy prep and layout; proper use of composing sticks and much more.”

“much more” is the following:
Typeface Concepts & Terms (typeface, family, font)
Type Sizes (and why they’re not consistent)
Type Classification, Basic Type Identification
Spaces & Quads, and how to use them; Leads & Slugs
Choosing a Typeface
Anatomy of a Type (the metal piece)
Orientation: The Importance of Thinking Upside Down
Type Storage; Lay Of The Case; Kinds of Cases
Type Storage: Galleys, Cabinets. How things are set up at MCBA.
Tools: Bodkin & Tweezers / Pica Gauge / Paper & Pencil
Proofreading
Distributing




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latest notable updates:

3/31/18: page for the excellent and extensive Typographic Technical Series: one new PDF added (no. 47, Typographic Design in Advertising); also updated information on several other books, history of the series brought down to 1930, and a few typos corrected)
12/30/17: information on sharpening stones and files, on the Links page.
11/26/17: downloads for the 1923 ATF specimen book & catalog, on the Reading page.

(The Reading page is updated almost every time anything else is;
specifics on these updates are noted on that page only. Minor updates to other pages are also frequent, and are noted only on the pages.)


THE READING PAGE
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An extensive annotated bibliography of the most important and recommendable books I’ve used in all areas of book arts with which I’m familiar, plus a few others I’ve heard about. Reflecting my experience, the main focus is on type and typography, printing, the editorial aspects of communications, trade history, and the scholarly and linguistic background of graphic communications.
    Entries for many of the older books contain links to free, easily downloadable PDFs.
    There are also general suggestions about how to go about reading in the field, and about shopping for the books.
    This page has grown to be sort of a grand tour of the technology and techniques of graphic communications, and of their “philosophical” underpinnings, with an emphasis on typography as a craft and a vehicle for communication. I know of no other resource that I could recommend for such a use.

TYPE & TYPEFACES
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So far, contains a basic overview of wood type.

THE COMPOSING ROOM
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The “composing room” is the room in which the type and related material is stored, and where the typesetting takes place. This section of the site is concerned with the tools, equipment, and techniques employed in the composing room, except for the type itself (covered in the Type & Typefaces section), and typesetting machinery (covered in the Type Technology section).

FEATURED ARTICLE: THE SPACE PAGE: ALL ABOUT SPACES.
Just about everything you need to know in order to recognize
and utilize the material used for spacing within a line of metal type.
Also other articles in the Composing Room and Digital Typography sections.

TYPE TECHNOLOGY
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So far, contains a draft overview of Typecasting and Typesetting Machines, which is valuable background for a knowledge of metal type.

TYPOGRAPHIC & PRINTING HISTORY
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Some information about foundries and printers of the past

GENERAL TYPOGRAPHY; TYPOGRAPHIC CRITICISM
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So far, emphasis on criticism, forming a critical history of the last two centuries of typography, plus some notes on linguistics, and warnings about a couple of “authorities.”

DIGITAL TYPOGRAPHY & GRAPHICS
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So far, mainly technical articles about text aesthetics and spacing. If you use InDesign, you should read them.

THE EDITORIAL BOOK ARTS
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So far, some preliminary notes on proofreading. Watch this space.

BOOKBINDING
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Nothing yet. I’m a beginner at bookbinding, so the page will mostly be miscellaneous minor information I’ve found that might be worth a look even to more experienced people.

THE LINKS PAGE
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A classified collection of links to resources for various areas of book arts, in the Upper Midwest and elsewhere. Sections for general resources for various specialties. Also a classified collection of links pertaining to Woodworking, Metal & Miscellaneous Fabrication, and Specialty Tools (other than book arts tools), since book arts people often have to hunt out such things.

ABOUT/CONTACT
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DIGITAL & CONSULTING WORK
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This is a link to my old freelance site, with an extensive portfolio of my digital work in typography and graphics, and discussions of my various capabilities in those areas, as well as editorial work and consulting. I don’t do production freelancing anymore; I am presently interested only in senior-level consulting.

My main business now is writing resumés and related consulting work. Here’s the site for that: crystalresumes.com.




 
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“And for paste, sallad-oyl, and such accidental requisites as the Press-man
in his work may want, the Devil commonly fetches for him.”

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—Joseph Moxon, Mechanick Exercises
or The Doctrine of Handy Works Applied to the Art of Printing
(1683; vol. 1, p. 74)


 
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