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TYPE TALKS: Robert Green: Salvaging the Dove’s Press type

10th March 2016

The Doves typeface was used to print some of the most famous books of its day … Then the man who created it hurled it into the Thames.

Robert Green began his project to revive the Doves Press typeface in 2010. Using printed sources as reference, an initial digital version was released in 2013. Unsatisfied with its accuracy, he began to update his font in 2014. He decided that to successfully achieve a faithful facsimile, the original Doves Press type would have to be recovered from its resting place on the bed of the River Thames. After finding three metal sorts on the riverbed in October 2014, Robert Green organised a salvage operation. Under his direction the following month, a team of divers from the Port of London Authority managed to recover 151 pieces of type. The vast majority of these — 147 sorts — had remained underwater relatively undamaged for 98 years.

Robert Green began a career in design in 1981, leaving school to become a junior in various Soho ad agencies and 'art studios'. Returning to education in the 1990s after a spell as an antiquarian book restorer, he graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from Central St Martins School of Art before completing a masters at the Royal College of Art in 1998. 

Read more: Sunday Times 

Photo: Sam Armstrong 


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Registration opens at 1730. Talk scheduled 1800-1930

Birmingham City University, P350 Lecture Theatre, Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD