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Jim Godfrey

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Production Time

4 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

12 in × 18 in

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Paper Stock

Crane Lettra 110 lb. 100% Cotton Paper in Ecru color

Number of Colors

2 spot inks, Black and PMS 227




Cochin LT Std
Stuyvesant ICG
ITC New Baskerville Italic (all from Adobe Type Library)


Jim Godfrey is a typography teacher. Jim Godfrey is often irritated by the typographic sins of students who join his class semester after semester. Jim Godfrey decided to do something about it and, after consulting with his colleague Patrick Wilkey, a list of 34 unprofessional ways to set type was drafted. It took three years from beginning to the final letterpressed poster run of 38—not enough paper to account for print ready made this first impression a short one. A second one will likely happen when all existing copies are sold.

Because the poster is 12 × 18 inches, we ran into some registration issues on the press. The poster contains a rosette in each corner that was intended to be reproduced in two colors and needed precise registration. However, because the paper was so long, each sheet tended to stretch or pull a little bit giving each rosette a slightly unique position (a variance of 1/32-1/16 of an inch, roughly). Because of this variation we were unable to get the rosette to register consistently. To solve the problem, we trimmed the rosette from the plate of the second color, so that the rosette printed only in black. Because the rosette is small, printing it in one color did not compromise the design aesthetic.

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Typographic Sins Poster


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Design and copywriting: Jim Godfrey
Editing: Patrick Wilkey



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This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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August 6, 2010


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