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DA 79 (Fall 2016) considers a number of topics on the subject of printing, typography and design. Jaleen Grove contributes `Oscar Cahén's Vulgar Modernism', whose outlandish, avant-garde designs sought to stimulate the senses and provoke both aversion and fascination. His illustrations in the 1940s and 50s revitalized the business of illustration in Canada, and his work was instrumental in establishing a new national identity as well as a distinct, modernist and artistically diverse mass media. Patrick Griffin reports on `An Informal Chat with Rod McDonald', in which the two discuss the development and release of McDonald's new font family, Classic Grotesque. In `Barbarian Press and the Making of The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre', John Shoesmith delves into the Barbarian Press archives at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto to investigate the process of creating `the crown jewel of Barbarian’s almost forty-year bookmaking history.' In addition, Kristine Tortora and Nicholas Kennedy investigate the past, present and future of Howard Iron Works in Oakville, Ontario. Recurring features include the Rogues' Gallery, featuring a profile of Nancy Jacobi of The Japanese Paper Place, and Richard Kegler's discussion of Jost Mediaeval Type. Kandid Kamera captures a number of events, including Word on the Street Toronto, the Alcuin Society awards, and the Coach House Press Wayzgoose. The cover image is after an engraving of a Josiah Wade Arab Platen Press that appeared in The British Printer, Vol. 4, 1891. The keepsake was printed letterpress at Trip Print Press and illustrates the four principal types of platen mechanisms.
Since 1980, the Devil's Artisan has established a reputation as Canada’s ‘Journal of the Printing Arts’. DA fosters an appreciation of the art of bookmaking and reaches out to a global audience of typographic and printing arts enthusiasts who appreciate the value of the printed word even in this digital age. DA publishes articles on historical subjects, typography and book design, profiles book designers and wood engravers, and features small artistic and experimental presses operated by a new generation of print enthusiasts.