My name is Charles Foster and I have worked as a writer, editor and designer for many years. I first handled metal type at school, where we had composing sticks and a treadle-operated press. Since then I have cut up repro with scalpels, rubbed down letters from Letraset, learnt desktop publishing using the first generation of Aldus PageMaker and taught several generations of students in three different educational institutions. I have written two books and am working on a third. I also write and edit the only regular blog about the Dambusters. I live in Dublin.
My boss in the 1970s was Tim Wilkinson, the production director of the book publisher, The Folio Society. He was a talented typographer with firm views of what was correct and what was not. I’m still grateful for the licence he gave me, an enthusiastic but inexperienced beginner. His own design preferences were restrained and austere, but commercial pressures from other directors and the society’s members often demanded a more gaudy approach. Such efforts were inevitably met with the same riposte: ‘Plenty of taste, and all of it bad’.
If you want to make contact, here’s my email address.