Who: Davin Kuntze
When: Wednesday, June 15, 2:00pm–4:00pm
Where: Woodside Press
Patented in 1886 by a German immigrant in Baltimore, the Linotype Machine revolutionized typesetting, journalism, and publishing and has been called the epitome of Late Victorian industrial design. Join us at Woodside Press for an entertaining and educational tour that covers the history of printing and typesetting from Gutenberg to the Linotype’s inventor, Ottmar Mergenthaler.
Woodside Press is a traditional letterpress printing and typecasting studio located in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard (with spectacular views of the East River and Manhattan). In operation since the historic ATF liquidation sale of 1993, we are home to a large collection of 19th and 20th century foundry and wood type, letterpress printing presses, and two fully operational linotype machines with over 200 magazines loaded with Linotype matrices. Some highlights of our collection include faces designed by the greatest type designers of the 20th century including Hermann Zapf, Frederick Goudy, and Rudolph Ruzicka.
Join us for a two hour tour of our collections. Participants will leave with a small letterpress-printed keepsake and a line of linotype that they can compose themselves if they wish.
Davin Kuntze is a typesetter, letterpress printer and bookbinder living in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Graphic Design and Computer Science, he moved to London to pursue a degree in Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts. He moved to Brooklyn in 2004 and started working at Woodside Press where he learned the joys and frustrations of letterpress printing and hot metal typesetting. While at Woodside Press, he has done work for a wide variety of clients including MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum, and The Brooklyn Museum as well as numerous design firms and individuals. Davin has also taught workshops or carried out lectures on the history of printing and typesetting for SVA, Pratt, NYU, Columbia University, and Reed College among many others. Davin currently runs the day to day operations at Woodside Press from design and production to workshops and tours in addition to keeping all the machinery in working order.
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