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Rimmer, Jim English
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General photographs

Series consists of slides and prints featuring images of Jim Rimmer, as well as various aspects and stages of the printing process and the design and cutting of metal typefaces in his studio. Also included is an image of Gerald Giampa.

Works by others regarding Jim Rimmer

Series consists of works created by others relating to Jim Rimmer. Included are articles pertaining to Rimmer; journals, broadsides and pamphlets set in Rimmer typefaces; and memorial books. Series also includes records relating to the staging of ‘Rimmerfest’ at the SFU Vancouver campus in the fall of 2006. These records include electronic copies and colour printouts of photographs taken at ‘Rimmerfest’ and for a video presentation at the event; writings about Jim; a guestbook; and nineteen broadsides produced by friends and colleagues for the event.

Rimmer, Jim

Promotional and advertisement material

Series consists of material related to the promotion and advertisement of Rimmer’s typographic and graphic design work. Records include sample linocut prints, typeface samples, illustration proof-sheets, portfolios, and commercial advertisements.

Rimmer, Jim

Art prints and illustrations

Series consists of numerous prints and illustrations created by Rimmer as art pieces, as well as linocut blocks, woodcut blocks and stencils created by Rimmer to produce prints. Includes images of animals, people, still life, Frederic W. Goudy and keepsakes created for the American Typecasting Fellowship, (A.T.F.) and other associations.

Rimmer, Jim

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

Zigarre, Poster Paint, Lancelot, R. Foster’s (Pericles) Cadmus (digital)

File consists of records related to the design of the Zigarre, Poster Paint, Lancelot Titling and Cadmus typefaces. Records include sketches on transparency paper of Zigarre, letter cut-outs and printed samples of Duensing Titling, ink sketches and first and second drawings of Lancelot as well as digital samples, drawings used for digitization, sketches of Cadmus and digital printed samples, large colour sketches of Poster Paint, as well as digitally printed sketches/samples.

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

Nephi Med[iaeval]

File consists of mounted ink drawings of Rimmer’s Nephi Mediaeval typeface, named after his father, in small caps. Records also include a printing of the first trial cast, dated from May 1981.

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

Cartier lowercase

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of the Cartier lowercase typeface, inspired by Carl Dair’s Cartier typeface designed for Canada’s centennial in 1967. Records include prints and proofs of the design at various stages of development. Records also include a pamphlet providing information on Dair’s design process, a master pattern card of the letter ‘b’, and a sample print to be used for wrapping the font.

Rimmer, Jim

Lapis Bold Rom. Italic SC

File consists of records related to the design of the Lapis Bold typeface in small-caps roman and italics formats. Records include pencil sketches on tracing paper and ink drawings on paper.

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

Master art work – 3 typefaces

File consists of records related to Rimmer’s design of three typefaces, including Juliana Old Style, named after his daughter who passed away, and two incomplete types. Records include mounted ink drawings and pencil sketches.

Rimmer, Jim

Cree typeface

Record includes the master patterns in both metal and wood and board, and specimen castings.

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. 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

Hannibal

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of the Hannibal typeface, named after the birthplace of Mark Twain. Records include first and second design sketches, sample print-outs, a transfer sheet of English Garamond, instructions and notes to self, print of the second proof, digital sketches, and a sketch of the parameters of the font.

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

Lapis Lt. Rom & Italic & SC

File consists of records related to the design of the Lapis Light and Nefertiti typefaces. Records include pencil sketches on tracing paper and ink sketches.

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

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

Posh initials – Lt. & Med., Credo Sans

File consists of records related to the design of the Posh and Credo typefaces. Records include large pencil and ink sketches of the former, and sketches and digitally-printed samples of the latter using the Ikarus program.

Rimmer, Jim

Albertan metal and digital

File consists of records related to the design of the Albertan typeface, named after Rimmer’s wife, Alberta. Records include pencil and ink sketches on tracing paper and sketching paper, a printout of all types available from Rimmer, transfers of the type, and a keepsake printed for the American Typecasting Fellowship 1990 conference, held in Nevada City, California, explaining the design process and availability of the type.

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

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

Quill

File consists of records related to Rimmer’s typeface design of Quill, first designed in 1985, but not cut until 2005. Records include an explanatory note from Rimmer explaining the design and typeface creation process, sample prints, photocopies, transfer paper, and drawings, as well as two master pattern cards for the letters “o” and “p”.

Rimmer, Jim

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