P22 has announced Stern, a new 16-point metal and digital type design by artist and craftsman Jim Rimmer.
Stern was created at the Pie Tree Press & Type foundry in collaboration with P22 type foundry and marks the first time a font will be simultaneously released as both a digital font and hand-set metal type. Stern is named after the late printer Christopher Stern and is an upright Italic intended for poetry settings and numerous other uses.
The digital version of RTF Stern includes the OpenType Pro version plus four non-pro versions included for applications that do not support OpenType. The set features Stern Aldine, Regular, Tall Caps & Small Caps.
The (16pt on 18pt body) metal version of Stern is shipped directly from Pie Tree foundry in Vancouver, Canada. It is cast to order by Jim Rimmer using foundry metal.
A special limited edition specimen booklet was printed by Coach House Press in Toronto, ON. The duotone photos by Anna Prior are printed with silver highlights in the specimen portions that accent the feel of the type and tools used to make Stern. The booklet includes a bound-in letterpress specimen printed on Japanese rice paper and a single metal letter.