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