Type Record

What

Type Record is a platform for cataloging and researching analog and digital type. A record can represent an entire type series, a family, a style, or just one particular glyph (sort). These entries are structured in a range of specificity from generic Masters to specific Versions from a manufacturer and even unique Instances housed in a certain collection (see the examples below).

  Generic Master Specific Version Unique Instance
Family The Bookman family, generally speaking The Bookman family as sold by ATF in 1923 The Bookman family as sold by ATF in 1923 and housed in the collection of Joe Printer
Style Bookman Italic 36pt Bookman Italic as sold by ATF in 1923 36pt Bookman Italic as sold by ATF in 1923 and housed in the collection of Joe Printer
Sort Swash R from Bookman Italic Swash R from 36pt Bookman Italic as sold by ATF in 1923 A single swash R from 36pt Bookman Italic as sold by ATF in 1923 and housed in the collection of Joe Printer

Each record can contain the following information:

The ability to include footnotes and references on every information in the record allows for proper citation whenever possible.

Who

While Type Record will be a public resource, the target user group is primarily historians, collectors, and researchers of type. It is a project led by Nick Sherman and Indra Kupferschmid, with developer Chris Lewis. The project is operated independently from any business or organization, but we owe a debt of gratitude to our employers, Font Bureau and Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, for providing the time and freedom to work on it.

When

Type Record is already running in a private testing stage. A public beta is expected to launch in early 2014.