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Commercial work

Series consists of sample, draft and completed commercial work produced by Rimmer as a free-lance designer employed by various companies, organizations and individuals. Records include items completed by Rimmer for Colophon Books, including Alison’s Fishing Birds and preliminary work on Allen Ginsberg’s Meditations at Lake Louise; editorial cartoons created by Rimmer for the Williams Lake Tribune from 1960 to 1961; and numerous prints, paintings, and logos created for commercial purposes. Companies, organizations and individuals represented include Murchie’s Tea and Coffee Ltd., Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Air Canada, Vancouver Public Library, Hot Jazz Club, the band Heart, Whistler village, Shrine Circus, and Douglas & McIntyre Publishers.

Rimmer, Jim

Jim Rimmer collection

  • MsC 41
  • Fonds
  • 1930-2012, predominant 1960-2010

The collection reflects Rimmer’s career as a designer, illustrator, printer, and publisher, and his involvement with members of the printing community and various associations. Records document Rimmer’s graphic design, typeface design and printing processes and accomplishments, and the publication activities of Pie Tree Press. The extensive graphic material within the collection includes sketches, drawings and prints. Also included are Rimmer’s linocut and woodcut blocks, as well as master patterns, specimen castings, matrices, lead working patterns, and cast metal sorts for many of his metal typefaces. The collection is arranged into nine series: Correspondence (1930-2010, predominant 1978-2010); Subject files (1938, 1956-[2009?]); Pie Tree Press publications and related material ([ca. 1978-2009]); Typeface design ([1971-2010]); Commercial work (1960-2009); Art prints and illustrations ([1970-2010]); Promotional and advertisement material ([197-?]-2008); Works by others regarding Jim Rimmer (1982-2012); and General photographs (1961-2002).

Rimmer, Jim

Rimmer - Will Rueter correspondence

File consists of incoming correspondence from Will Rueter, a Toronto-area printer. Records include letters and postcards commenting on each others’ work, samples, and records related to an article written by Rueter about Rimmer’s work for “DA” [the journal, ‘The Devil’s Artisan’].

Rimmer, Jim

Photos taken by J.R. at Ho Sun Hing Printshop

File consists of photographs taken by Rimmer for inclusion in an article written for the American Typecasting Fellowship Newsletter about printing in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Photographs are accompanied with a brief text explaining their content.

Rimmer, Jim

Mockup of “Fred Goudy, Type Designer”

File consists of records documenting the planned layout of “Fred Goudy, Type Designer”. Records include the text pasted to mock-up pages, showing how the finished book would appear. Includes hand-written notes, edits and a chronology of Goudy’s work.

Rimmer, Jim

Early Printers in the City of Venice

File contains five broadsides of “Early Printers in the City of Venice”, which Rimmer reset from an original text page by Bruce Rogers. The piece showcases Goudy’s Italian Oldstyle in two font sizes. The broadsides were printed by Rimmer for members of Graphic Designers of Canada, and each copy is initialed by Rimmer.

Rimmer, Jim

Being Five or Six

File consists of records related to the printing of “Being Five or Six”, created for Wayzgoose 84. Records include a copy of the text, a preliminary mockup with corrections, and a copy of the final product. The book is printed on mulberry paper, and handset in Juliana Old Style. Lino block illustrations were also completed by Rimmer.

Rimmer, Jim

Second attempt at Tom S[awyer]

File consists of Rimmer’s second attempt to print The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and records illustrating the creation of a book discussing Rimmer’s work. Records include 12 pages of galley proofs set in 18 point Cloister, mock-ups of both texts, with edits, sketches, and notes concerning costs and materials.

Rimmer, Jim

“Fred Goudy, Type Designer” pages

File consists of two unfolded press sheet pages of “Fred Goudy, Type designer”; records are of the front page, and pages 10 and 12. One copy of “Fred Goudy, type designer.”

Rimmer, Jim

Cree

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of the Cree Syllabic typeface, a revival of the typeface devised and cut by Reverend James Evans in the early 19th century. Records include the first proof of the type and sketches in ink and pencil, as well as information concerning Rev. Evans, a syllabic chart, copies of the syllables to be cut, and correspondence from Robert Bringhurst. File also contains an explanatory note added by Rimmer to explain his motivation and design process.

Rimmer, Jim

Rimmer Type Foundry

File consists of printouts of pages from the web site, of biographical material and a catalogue of available digital typefaces designed by Jim Rimmer.

Rimmer, Jim

Albertan

File consists of records related to Rimmer’s typeface design of Albertan, named after his wife. Records include ink, pencil and digital sketches in ink and pencil, mounted sketches, doodles, and samples. Sketches are of Albertan, Albertan Bold, and Albertan Italic.

Rimmer, Jim

Albertan Bold

File consists of records related to the design of the “Albertan Bold” typeface, named after Rimmer’s wife, Alberta. Records include pencil sketches, and a cover used for a book of design samples featuring the Lancelot Titling and Garamond types.

Rimmer, Jim

Fellowship

File consists of records related to the design of the Fellowship typeface, designed by Rimmer subsequent to his attendance of the American Typecasting Fellowship conference in 1984. Records include sketches on transparency paper, ink drawings, and photocopies made from drawings in two larger sizes; several include edits and notes. Sketches include lower and upper case letters, numbers, and accents. A page printed with samples of the typeface is also included.

Rimmer, Jim

Kaatskill

File consists of records related to the design of the Kaatskill typeface, including digitally-printed samples and various sketches. Records also include a set of notes relating Rimmer’s process in reviving this typeface, referring to attached samples, portions of finished art ready for digitization, linear drawings, and initial drawings. These notes are numbered in the order in which each step is carried out. Also includes a sample of Goudy’s use of Kaatskill in Rip Van Winkle.

Rimmer, Jim

Cotillion

File consists of records related to the design of the Cotillion typeface. Records include ink and pencil sketches on both paper and tracing paper and digitally-printed samples using the Ikarus program.

Rimmer, Jim

Misc. hand-cut metal types

File consists of records related to Rimmer’s typeface design, including Juliana Old Style, Fellowship, Nephi Mediaeval, Hannibal, and Duensing Titling. Records include sketches in pencil and ink of typefaces and the design process, printing samples, and proofs. File also includes a portion of the keepsake produced by Rimmer for the 1984 American Typecasting Fellowship conference and a print of himself at work.

Rimmer, Jim

Quill typeface

File consists of objects related to Rimmer’s Quill typeface, first designed in 1985, but not cut until 2005. Record includes the master patterns in both metal and wood and board, and specimen castings.

Rimmer, Jim

Misc. typeface designs – not produced

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of several typefaces, most of which were never produced. Records include ink, pencil and colour sketches and drawings, and sample prints. Typefaces sketched include: Cochin, Pericles, Village 3 or Mr. Goudy, Munchen, Topaze, Stone, Hannibal, Dokument Gothic, Computer City, Amethyst, Scribus Titling and Fred, or Mr. Goudy.

Rimmer, Jim

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