I was passing the shop front of the master sign makers today and noticed a change in their window: They are opening a shop selling vintage and prototype letters.
I’d commissioned a sign from them a number of years ago and owner Tim Heppell was excited to show a fellow enthusiast around their workshops. They love type and have been collection a diverse range for a while. They now have enough letters to fill a few showrooms. There’s everything from original brass letters, decorative wooden letters, perspex, concrete and glass.
Tim’s farther, Brian who co-owns the firm was originally a typesetter and at the age of 15 won an apprenticeship with the Times newspaper under the management of none other than Stanley Morrison. Brian’s career has spanned the whole gamut of typesetting technology. I’ll be caching up with them again soon so more to follow. Gliphics: 75 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4QS