GB: a new woodtype font

We’re extremely grateful to Henrik Kubel & Scott Williams of A2-Type – designers of A23D, our 3D-printed letterpress font – for donating a physical version of their digital font GB, to the New North Press type library.

On a visit to the studio, Henrik described how the design had been inspired by two single capital letters (G & B) found in the Morgan Press Type catalogue, a publication from 1970 billed as representing ‘a complete showing of American wood-type styles from 1826 to the present’. From these two letters – co-incidentally also the initials of NNP founder Graham Bignell – and wider research into historical letterpress woodtype specimens he managed to craft a font that is ‘a striking balance of tradition and modernity’. This has already been recognised in an award for typographic excellence from Type Directors Club Tokyo.

The font was expertly manufactured by Type High Design and we can’t wait to put it to work, in our projects and for use by anyone attending our classes.