Metal Sorts

Experiments in fusing music and type


Taking inspiration from the French artist, Henri Chopin, this experiment tries to infuse typography with music. A family of letterpress punches were selected and arranged to express how music influences thoughts and movements.


Various arrangements of metal sorts were created to capture the flow of a musical score. Similar patterns were tried out on paper by dipping the punch cuts in ink. Finally, the metal punches were tied up and printed.


This experience helped learn how to tune all senses into working in sync. The influence of music in the way the letterpress punches were being arranged was significant.

Taking this experiement forward, it would be interesting to create print patterns that give the look and feel of vintage books.