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Monday, April 18, 2011

Letterpress is the graphic designers equivalent to slow cooked food

Fantastic quote. An awesome description of the letterpress craft.
From handmade hair accessories to artisanal pickles, there’s a metaphorical back-to-the-land movement for every profession. For graphic design, it’s letterpress, a labor-intensive printing process that creative types are taking up as an antidote to days spent staring at their iMacs. Produced on antique presses and characterized by heavily impressed lettering on thick paper, letterpress cards and stationery — if you’ve received a wedding invitation from an even vaguely arty couple in the past few years, chances are it was letterpress printed — are the graphic design equivalent of slow food. For designers who want to unplug, literally, letterpress is a chance to spend time refining their craft using a method that was considered old-fashioned long before the days of Photoshop. “People miss the hands-on experience of printing,” says Daniel Gardiner Morris, a fourth-generation letterpress printer and the founder of the Arm, the Williamsburg studio where many local printers have learned the basics of handling Industrial Revolution-era machinery. “Even if you don’t know anything about the process, when you pick up something that was printed on a letterpress, you know there’s something different about it. It was touched by human hands.”
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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Save the date 'Branches'

A first run of my 'Branches' Save the date notes. No too bad! Perhaps I will make the ink a little heavier and I need to pre cut the paper to exact size so I can get everything centered a little better but all in all not a bad effort!.
They are intended to be imprinted using an inkjet or lazer (depending on the printer) or hand written. A heart stamp can be used to 'stamp' the date out.  I will mock one up and post later.

Friday, April 1, 2011

More 'stuff'

Latest Ebay offerings.  I'm going to try my hand at type-setting.  Ill add it to my list of things I haven't done before and I expect to be expert at in 30 mins...  Husband reminded me that 'back in the day' people would spend 3 years apprenticing at this trade.  Doesn't do the trick of making me any easier on myself.