A Place to Visit?

johnassys's picture

Hi All! This is the first time I am posting here, and I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask. But I am interested in knowing more about typography. I am wondering if anyone know a place to visit around San Francisco area to know more about typography?

Warm Regards,


PublishingMojo's picture

Get in touch with Bookbuilders West (click General Info/Board of Directors for contact names). They can give you some suggestions.

Stefan H's picture

Arion Press is a great place and they do know a great deal of typography. Both how to make and use it.

Fontshop in SF should also be able to supply you with some good information.


will powers's picture

There's a sailing vessel down around Fisherman's Wharf that used to have an iron hand press and full printing rig. Darn! I forget the ship's name and maybe the press isn't even there any longer. Check with some of the SF Typophiles about this.

The Book Club of California has a really rich library of California typography & printing. As does the Bancroft Library across the bay in Berkeley at the university.

SF public library also has great collections.

The University of San Francisco is threatening to de-accession much of their library. Get out there soon to the special collections room. Lots of rarely-seen Eric Gill stuff.

If I still had my letterpress shop there I'd invite you for a visit. But that's a long time ago.

Have fun. Dress warmly, particularly around the wharf. & alert the folks at home that you may never come back once you've got SF fever. That happens to a lot of people.


johnassys's picture

Wow, thanks so much everyone!

I am thinking of contacting them. I am quite amazed though they put their cell numbers there.

Stefan H:
Arion Press seems like a good place to visit. Now, only if I can have some excuse to take a day off from work... Hmmmm!!

Fontshop website seems to have a lot of information too. Though, I can't find anywhere in their website whether they are open for a visit.

will powers:
SF is beautiful - I think I got the fever already. Thanks for letting me know those libraries. Book of California so far seems to be the most promising :D

crossgrove's picture

Will mentions SF Public library, but it's worth pointing out: Susie Taylor in the Special Collections department will show you special and rare items if you are clear about what you are looking for. It's on the top floor.

eliason's picture

There's a bunch of Eric Gill stuff in the Rare Book Room of the University of San Francisco if you're interested in his work.

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