All Sorts

Project type
Self initiated
Design
The Print Project
Process
Letterpress
Hand-set wood & metal type
Stock
175gsm Somerset Book
270gsm Cairn Grey
Dimensions
105 x 148mm

All Sorts is ultimately a bit of fun. The A6 sized hand-bound book features a series of characters created from type. These ‘typographic people’ echo the human form — each different and yet composed of similar parts — and play on the fact that we recognise the human form instantly and derive great pleasure from seeing it played around with in different mediums.

The title ‘All Sorts’ is a pun, relying on letterpress printing terminology: an individual letter in lead or wood is called a ‘sort’. Whilst these are usually used to build up words, here they are used to build up people, All Sorts. The letters and characters used to create each person were chosen specifically for their features in order to convey a variety of facial expressions, body language or emotions, to successfully build up a personality for the figure.

The book uses a simple colour palette — black, with red to highlight details — and is printed on Somerset Book 175gsm and Cairn Natural dark Grey 270gsm in an edition of 100 hand numbered copies. All Sorts was printed by hand on a 40 year old Korrex proofing press at The Print Project and bound by hand by Roger Grech of Papercut Bindery.

Photography: Blair Thomson / Typetoken