Rarely is something so important and so valuable available for free. If you’re a typophile, typographic educator or design student, Canadian designer, Carl Dair’s film on the lost art of type punch cutting is something you can watch – and own – at no cost. Initiated by Rod McDonald and Sheridan College in Canada, and narrated by Matthew Carter, this 45-minute film is remarkably insightful and probably the only documentary of a master engraver cutting a punch.
The film was made in 1957 when Carl Dair studied type making under master letter-engraver P. H. Rädisch at the Joh. Enschedé en Zonen Type Foundry in Holland. After Dair’s death, the film was archived for almost 60 years before Carter and McDonald became aware of it and agreed that it was an important part of typographic history and should be restored. Monotype, through Fonts.com, is now making the film available at no cost.