We’ve seen different documentary films that tackled different aspects of design, street art, and even advertising. But there seems to be a lack of documentary feature about typography – well except for Helvetica, the 2007 documentary by Gary Huswit. Despite of the well-meaning and informative documentary of the Helvetica type, there seems to be no other film that discussed typography as it was meant to be – invisible, legible, and readable.
If you’re looking for creative and typography-focused feature films – look no further. We’ve compiled some of the best three documentaries that feature typography not only as an element of design, but as a passion and source of inspiration for those who practice and saw them.
Typface is an independent feature documentary film that focuses on visual culture, technology, and graphic design. The main focus of the film is the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. The film shows different international artists meet retired craftsmen and how these two, modern and traditional, cultures converge and share ideas.
The film is a motivational documentary that allows its viewers an inside look at how wood types are created, and how it was challenged by technology.
Linotype: The Film
Linotype is a full-feature documentary featuring the Linotype casting machine. The film features the charming and emotional story of the people connected and impacted by the Linotype machine. The documentary also features the struggle of the highly-skilled operators of the machine against the lack of interest on the machine. It’s a melancholic yet enlightening film about preserving the past and looking forward to a better future.
Upside Down, Left to Right: A Letterpress Film
Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.
If you know other typography films that we haven’t featured here, let us know through the comments section!
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