English Department Typography Lab

The English Department’s Typography Laboratory is located in Field House 1310, and is run by Professor Tim Geiger. The Lab is the home of Professor Geiger’s Aureole Press, a literary fine press, as well as courses in The Art and Process of the Book and Typography and Publication (see current course offerings for information on these courses).

A job case contains type ready to be set.

Type is stored in drawers, each limited to a particular font at a particular size.

Lines of type are created using composing sticks and then arranged in formes for printing.

Wood blocks can be engraved by hand for illustrations or custom-designed type.

Engraved wood blocks.

The press.

Tim Geiger sews a book using a single signature.

The quire is sewn through its fold.

Photographs by Andrew Mattison.