|TYPESMITH Founded in November 1991 by Peter Smith and Virginia Wood (now Smith),
on old Varityper Typesetters in a dusty shopfront linked to the local printer.
Smith was born into typesetting, as part of the Smith family who owned
Smith & Miles, one of the Southern Hemispheres largest pre-press firms trading
for nearly 80 years. Apprenticed in 1975, Peter worked with traditional hot metal type and
learned computer systems like Linotron, Berthold and Compugraphic. He has maintained the
traditions of trade typesetting while working on a total of 13 different typesetting and
computer systems! Peter operated Typesmith alone in its formative years. He now manages
Typesmith's accounts and the film, proofing and bromide bureau, specialising in assuring
that all bureau work is correct for print production according to the printer's
requirements and printing method to be used.
was also born into the industry, her father working for Edwards Dunlop and BJ Ball as
mechanic, traveller, and service manager. When Virginia left school she completed the
Sydney College of the Arts Bachelor of Arts, Design Degree. She worked for the prominent
typographer, Paul Soady and met Peter while employed at Smith and Miles as
Artist/Typographer. When Typesmith first started she continued to work to support the
infant business. Virginia takes on all roles in the company including client liaison,
illustrator and designer, typesetter, scanner and bureau operator. Peter and
Virginia have married. Rosie their dog, greets visitors to the office and provides often-required stress
|Typesetting, graphic arts and printing are their history and their
lives and they dedicate their efforts into the best production for the trade, for designer
and for the local tradesman, small business operator, publisher and corporation alike.