Canada Type builds a legacy for Canadian typography students with a new GDC National Scholarship Fund
The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) is pleased to announce the establishment of the GDC Canada Type Scholarship Fund through a generous donation from Canada Type, a font development studio based in Toronto. Canada Type has acquired the Rimmer Type Foundry (RTF) from P22 Foundry, Inc. containing the complete body of work of Canadian design icon Jim Rimmer FGDC (1934–2010). The collection of typefaces, remastered and expanded will be re-released in the Fall of 2012 with partial proceeds going to the Canada Type Scholarship Fund.
“Jim Rimmer was one of the most endearing and skilled craftsmen in Canadian printing history. I've always considered his work an essential part of our design heritage. I'm very happy that our commitment to bring his body of work back to Canada has finally come to fruition. Getting to announce this repatriation on July 1st is the icing on the cake. Happy Canada Day!” - Patrick Griffin, Type Director, Canada Type
The Canada Type Scholarship will help students with a keen interest in typography to achieve their career aspirations with much needed funding support for further study, and will be offered beginning in April 2013 as part of the GDC National Scholarship Program. The GDC is thankful to be part of this amazing legacy and for the return of the Jim Rimmer collection to Canada.
For more information on all the GDC Scholarships please click here.
About Canada Type
Canada Type is a Toronto-based font development studio, founded in 2004 by Rebecca Alaccari and Patrick Griffin as means to provide professional type solutions to brands and creatives all over the world. The Canada Type retail library includes many widely-used original faces and notable historic revivals, featuring best-selling designs by Philip Bouwsma, Kevin King, Thomas Lincoln, Hans van Maanen, Rod McDonald, Bill Troop, and now Jim Rimmer. Canada Type's project-specific design and licensing clients include, among others, large publishing houses, telecom and media companies, hardware and software firms, film production studios, academic institutes and design agencies.
P22 type foundry, located in Buffalo, NY, has been creating digital fonts inspired by art and history since 1994. P22's auspicious beginning came in the art museum and gift shop marketplace due to co-owner Richard Kegler's background as a handmade book designer. The earliest font releases were based on artist handwriting and often paired a text font with a set of extras based on the artist's artwork. These sets were offered on a floppy diskette and then packaged within materials akin to 45-rpm style records.
By the close of the decade, Richard and his business partner and wife, Carima El-Behairy, saw P22 emerge as one of the leading online independent type foundries, primarily due its work with museums and foundations on the development of accurate historical typefaces. Since 2000, P22 has expanded operations with the addition of new brands including the acquisition of the Lanston Type Company, with historical ties dating back to the 1800s. Today, the P22 library contains approximately 250 font families and well over 1,000 individual type styles. P22 continues to develop new type designs with enhanced OpenType features and webfont compatibility.
For more information please contact Melanie MacDonald BA, Executive Director at or 1-877-496-4453.