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New Design Resources at devilsartisan.ca: Endpapers and Type Specimens

If you’re a fan of our Rogues’ Gallery or a regular browser of our Dingbats archive, You might have noticed some quiet additions to the DA Resources section over the last few days. We’ve made available two fantastic collections for your edification as well as for your design projects.

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First, check out our new Endpapers page, which contains a beautiful collection of marbled and patterned endpapers from the personal collection of retired librarian Jan Figurski. There you’ll find samples in a variety of styles and colours, many dating back to the early 1800s. Click on each thumbnail to download a large, print-resolution scan for all your print design needs.

Endpapers page

sample endpapers

Once you’ve browsed the Endpapers page, mosey on over to the P22 Type Specimens. There you’ll find a growing collection of features on unique vintage and contemporary typefaces. Each sample is featured alongside a short history by P22’s Richard Kegler as well as a downloadable high-resolution specimen page. Many of the typefaces featured on the site have modern interpretations, which you can purchase over at P22 Type Foundry.

type specimens page

portraitWhat are you waiting for—check out these fun new resources for yourselves. As these are new pages, we’d love to know you think, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

Cheers,sig

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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.