Wood Type Research

Photo, David Shields

Shields analyzes planing patterns on the feet of wood type blocks to determine provenance

Over at Wood Type Research, David Shields, design curator of the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection, has quietly been posting the most important contemporary academic research of the history and manufacture of wood type. Shields is in the process of migrating content from his woodtyperesearch.tumblr.com. On top of his generosity to the design, type, and letterpress communities he’s a damned nice fellow.