Students at the Rochester Institute of Technology have access to a rare, innovative program called Adopt-a-Font. The program began when the Institute acquired over one hundred sets of unsorted, uncleaned, and unprinted wood type in 2007. This inquiry proved to be a very valuable addition to the Institute's Cary Collection. The curators created the Adopt a Font program, which grants student volunteers access to print with certain sets of wood type if they sort and clean them first.
This assignment allowed us to explore this program and all it had to offer. Follow my teams experience with this program and our once nameless wooden type’s evolution to the digital twenty-first century.
Contibuting designers: Hanna Tangeman, Lisa Castore
We cleaned and documented an unknown font in the Cary Collection at RIT. We were imediately drawn to it's tall slender figure. We all agreed that we could see this typeface being used in many different modern applications and that we could evolve it from it's current old, unnamed self.
To bring this font into the 21st century we wanted to contrast its geometric shape with an organic design.
Our goal for the website content was to give the readers information about the Adopt-a-Font Program at RIT, provide a video about our adopted font, document our experience and process of naming the font as well.
We achieved the look we wanted by marbling paper and scanning the images we created on to the computer. Then later pairing it with century and a rectangular web elements.