Celebrating Robert R. Reid at Massey College

Robert R. Reid is an illustrious typographer and graphic designer, and a leader in Canada’s private press community. In celebration of Reid’s 90th birthday, and in recognition of his 69 years of designing and printing, the Robertson Davies Library at Massey College mounted an exhibition of some of his works, curated by Chester Gryski. DA Editor Don McLeod attended the opening reception on February 13 and brought us some pictures to enjoy.

Sandra Eadie, Camilla Gryski, Don Taylor.

Sandra Eadie, Camilla Gryski and Don Taylor.

Warren Clements with Anne, James Sutherland.

Warren Clements with Anne and James Sutherland.

Bryan Gee, Warren Clements

Bryan Gee, senior associate art director at the Globe and Mail, with Warren Clements, editor, writer and cartoonist for the Globe.

A selection of Robert R. Reid broadsides

A selection of Robert R. Reid broadsides: Pierre Leduc, Pres de l’Eglise Notre Dame (1963); Now Playing. War Theatre (1960s); Olive Schreiner, A Woman’s Plea against War (1986).

A broadside by Reid: Valley Railroad

A broadside by Reid: Valley Railroad (The Valley Railroad Company. The Connecticut Valley Line. Scenic Route), 1986.

A Reid broadside from 1965

A Reid broadside from 1965, using Czech types, dedicated to Richard Pennington, rare book librarian at McGill University.

Linda Gustafson, Bryan Gee.

Linda Gustafson of Counterpunch Design discusses book design with Bryan Gee.


portraitSee? It’s almost like you were there! Thanks once again to Don for sharing his brilliant photography skills. For more information about the exhibition, check out the Massey College website.


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The Devil's Artisan is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.

To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.

The Devil's Artisan would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Magazine Fund (CMF) through the Support for Arts and Literary Magazines (SALM) component toward our editorial and production costs. Thanks, as well, for the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Sleeman Brewing Company.