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Back in March we wrote about the amazing "Pencil to Pixel" exhibit that was on its way to New York. This week, the exhibit finally arrives in Manhattan, courtesy of the type-giants Monotype

In addition to a few digital installations concerning typography on the web from Typecast, Monotype will be exhibiting printed matter and typography artifacts from the last 100 years or so of printing. The impressive offering includes original sketches and molds from the first run of iconic fonts like Gil Sans and Helvetica. If a century of typographic history seems a little overwhelming, don't fret; free guided tours to the exhibit are available.

"Pencil to Pixel" runs from May 3-9 at the Tribeca Skyline Studio. 

Eric Gill’s 1928 pencil and ink drawings for Gill Sans Italic

Even in the age of streaming video, the vast majority of the information we consume online is in the form of type. While sophisticated typography may be a given in an era of web fonts, a new exhibition from famed font and imaging firm Monotype showcases the painstaking artistry behind the classic typefaces we see on screens everyday.

"Pencil to Pixel," which runs May 3-9 at New York’s Tribeca Skyline Studio, connects historic, handcrafted fonts and hot metal typesetting to the contemporary type displayed on handheld devices. More than a century of artifacts drawn from the Monotype’s archives in Salfords, UK, will be part of this rare display, including drawings by Eric Gill, creator of Gill Sans, production pieces from Helvetica, original drawings of Times New Roman commissioned for The Times of London, as well as concept art, photos, and metal and film masters. It helps “tell a story about how the design of typefaces is informed, constrained, and even enhanced by technology” according to Monotype type director Dan Rhatigan.

“It’s an opportunity to see the hand of the author,” says James Fooks-Bale, Monotype’s director of marketing, who helped curate the exhibit. “A lot of designers are familiar with the tick-down menu in Adobe and aren’t familiar with the fact that it came from someone’s hand. Consider that in Salfords alone, the original Monotype plant built in 1897, there were once 1,000 people at work designing typefaces. The precision engineering apprenticeships there were considered second only to Rolls Royce.”

Visit penciltopixel.org for information on the exhibit and booking tours. Details on related speeches and events, including “From Logo to Experience,” exploring design and brand identity hosted by Lippincott, a brand strategy and design firm and event co-sponsor, will be released later.