Scanning Sources, Fundraising, and (finally) a Friendly Foundry!
I scanned in Van Dijck from the Atlas of Typeforms at 1200dpi. Looks good so far.
I had a one-on-one chat with my thesis instructor this afternoon. I updated her on the state and projected form of my deliverables, talked a bit about the idea of a nonfiction graphic novel on typography, and discussed where and how to get funding for the next steps after school is out. there aren’t that many grants out there for designers (as opposed to artists) but I don’t need all that much to make things happen.
In the making things happen department, I called up the Bixler Foundry. I’d called before and left a message, and forgot about it. The same day I got in touch with M&H who estimated my project would cost a cool grand, so I was put off from talking to foundries for a while. This time I got a real human being on the line (the very charming Winifred B.) who couldn’t give me a price estimate, but assured me enthusiastically that they can do the kind of work I’m after and would get back to me on Friday to discuss specifics. the folks at M&H could learn a thing or two about customer relations from her, for sure. The Bixlers are just a bit southwest of Syracuse, NY, so I could potentially come out there and document some of the printing. Big plus! I doubt that it will be financially feasible without some funding help, but it’s good to know that they’re open to the idea.
At my internship yesterday I got to play around with Superpolator a bit, which was interesting to see in action.