Architecture and Design

AIGA Brings Typeface Documentary and the Movable Type Truck to Phoenix Next Week

Typography fans are in for a treat: AIGA is hosting two events next week that celebrate the ol' printing press.

On Monday, AIGA's monthly FilmBar series offers a screening of Typeface, a 2009 documentary by Justine Nagan.

The film follows the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum (, a Wisconsin museum and print shop struggling to stay open in a shaky rural economy and computerized design world. The museum explores traditional printing methods, bridging the old and new worlds as 20-something graphic design students visiting the museum meet 80-something retirees working in the shop.

The film inspires appreciation of the slow, artful method of traditional printing, and it dares the next generation of designers to take up the craft. As Norb Brylsk, an 83-year-old worker in the Hamilton shop, says, "I'm good at what I do because I'm the last one."

On Tuesday, the Moveable Type truck is coming to the ASU Tempe campus.

Moveable Type is a letterpress studio inside a 1982 Chevy van, mobilized by Kyle Durrie, a designer who began raising funds for the truck in 2010 through Kickstarter, hoping to bridge her two favorite things: letterpress and road trips. (If it sounds like a plot from Portlandia, you might not be surprised that Durrie is based in the fair Northwest city.)

Durrie will be presenting slides on her travels, as well as printing demonstrations alongside ASU's Pyracantha Press. The best part? Visitors will be able to create their own letterpress souvenir.

It may be a coincidence that AIGA is hosting these type-centric events on two consecutive days, but hey, local creatives, we wouldn't mind a Phoenix Typography Week.

Monday's Typeface screening is $5, and the film begins at 7:30 p.m. FilmBar is located at 815 N. Second Street in Phoenix.

The Moveable Type truck will be parked on Forest Mall near The Design School on the ASU Tempe campus from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The event is free.

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