Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

letterpress

mar
27
2012

Why Typesetting Is the Career of the Future

This circa-1947 vocational video about careers in printing is fascinating. (Via Garance)

mar
19
2012

Birthday Stationary

Last month I spent a rare Friday afternoon in the Pyramid Atlantic letterpress studio, printing two sets of stationary as a birthday gift for my mom, along with a set of thank you cards for myself. (I’d originally intended the …

nov
11
2011

2012 Letterpress Calendar | Pyramid Atlantic Letterpress

Self-promoting PSA: The 2012 letterpress calendar project I worked on is now available for purchase. (I designed/printed the January page.) $30 if you pick it up in person; $35 if you want it shipped to you.

oct
11
2011

2012 Letterpress Calendar

January 2012 is done! After last week’s pressure print experiment, I sent my Illustrator design off to Boxcar Press to be converted into a photopolymer plate for printing. The printing session itself went incredibly smoothly, and I was able to …

oct
10
2011

Casa Hurtsapong

I meant to post this back in July. For letterpress happy hour one week at Pyramid Atlantic, I typeset / printed a small set of personal notecards. “Casa Hurtsapong” (a portmanteau Rob and I came up with years ago as …

oct
04
2011

A Pressure Print Experiment

Back in August I wrote about experimenting with different lead type treatments for my page in Pyramid Atlantic’s 2012 letterpress calendar. My plan then was to do the lettering with lead type, and then maybe have a photopolymer illustration above …

aug
24
2011

Prepping for 2012

Monday evening brought Letterpress Happy Hour at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Md.

jul
11
2011

Inking Up

Inky, messy fun was had this evening at letterpress happy hour at Pyramid Atlantic. Photos to come.

jun
23
2011

Letterpress Step-by-Step

I enjoyed this letterpress how-to video from Naomie Ross. (The Mark Mothersbaugh soundtrack doesn't hurt, either.) And the printing is done on a Vandercook Universal I — the same press I use at Pyramid Atlantic.

jun
18
2011

Rainbow Roller

I headed up to Pyramid Atlantic on Wednesday for another Letterpress Happy Hour. I love that they’re incorporating mini-workshops into the happy hour programs now. This time, Julia and Melanie went over “rainbow roller,” a technique where you put different-colored …

jun
02
2011

Pressure Printing

I made it back to the letterpress studio tonight after several crazy months away. At tonight's Letterpress Happy Hour at Pyramid Atlantic, letterpress associate Julia led a small workshop on pressure printing.

apr
18
2011

Produced on antique presses and characterized by heavily impressed lettering on thick paper, letterpress cards and stationery … are the graphic design equivalent of slow food.

— The New York Times Magazine, on letterpress (source)

jan
23
2011

Secret Garden” Notecards

Over two consecutive “letterpress happy hours” at Pyramid Atlantic, I typeset and printed a set of notecards as a belated birthday gift / surprise for my Aunt Lulu. She started a backyard garden last year that she calls her “secret …

dec
28
2010

Lego Letterpress And Other New Takes On A Classic Toy | The Picture Show | NPR

Mito Habe-Evans writes, “[G]raphic designers Sam Cox and Justin LaRosa [have] teamed up as Physical Fiction to bring Lego to the letterpress. They use smooth tiles as pixels in their video-game-like designs, snapping them on a flat Lego base mounted to wood. Paint is applied with a roller, and the whole thing is pressed to paper, leaving their inked impression.”

nov
16
2010

PA Letterpress Calendar for sale! | Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

Self-promoting PSA: The letterpress calendar project I worked on is now available for sale online. </selfpromotion>

nov
04
2010

2011 Letterpress Calendar - Done!

The designers for the 2011 Pyramid Atlantic letterpress calendar (and a few other helpful volunteers) got together last night to assemble the calendars and ready them for sale at this weekend’s Book Arts Fair in Silver Spring, Md. It’s been …

oct
29
2010

Start the Presses

I returned to the letterpress studio last night to finish my January 2011 page for the Pyramid Atlantic calendar. This session was a little more complicated than the first round, in that I had to 1) mix printing inks to …

oct
23
2010

This Morning's Work

Plate 1 for my January 2011 calendar page — my contribution to a 2011 letterpress calendar being produced to benefit Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Md. I printed about 100 pages today, plus a few more to use …

oct
15
2010

2010 Letterpress Calendar

I’ve been taking letterpress classes at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, and I’m finally embarking on a real project, participating in a 2011 letterpress calendar project to benefit the art center. Everyone picks a month (I’m January) and …

aug
21
2004

exploration

I’ve been considering a new hobby of late: letterpress, the art of printing type by hand using a press and block letters (like a mini-Gutenberg). The result more tangible than electronic work, and I think the hands-on nature of it …