Jim-at-Pantagraph--300x225Canadian designer and letterpress printer Jim Rimmer created 190 digital and seven metal typefaces, which he engraved and cast in his studio in New Westminster. Jim started his career as an apprentice typesetter in the 1950s at a Vancouver print shop. His career included teaching the first-year typography course at Capilano College and a seven-year stint at the Columbian.  By the 1970s, he was type director at the Lanston Monotype Corporation. He also worked for Cobblestone Press during that decade, and then Colophon Books in the 1980s.  He also designed logos for BC Hydro and SFU, and a linocut illustration for Murchie’s hot chocolate.

Some of Rimmer’s types cut at Pie Tree Press and Type Foundry are Albertan (named for his wife, Alberta), Hannibal Oldstyle (named for Mark Twain’s childhood home in Missouri), Juliana Oldstyle (named for his daughter, Julie), and Quill (used in the original letterpress edition of Rimmer’s memoirs).

After his friend Chris Stern died in 2006, Jim created the typeface Stern, which to date is the only typeface (that we know of) to have been launched simultaneously as both a metal and digital typeface. The Stern matrices were bequeathed to C.C. Stern Type Foundry by Jim and are part of the museum’s permanent collection.