Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Not done with a computer:

You can watch the whole amazing thing here.

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Ikea of Fairy Tales

This is awesome. And dance-y:

SlagsmÄlsklubben - Sponsored by destiny from Tomas Nilsson on Vimeo.

Letterpress related? You decide!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Yes, steamroller.

In case you haven't seen this, from my friend at A Curiosity Shop--printing with a steamroller:


It does get results.

mmm . . . Bakery

I've been hearing many good things lately about Bakery, a pubic-relations/marketing company owned by artist Jaime Derringer and publisher Erin Loechner. They specialize in helping small businesses with the most important, and most overlooked, parts of running one--marketing, PR, websites, strategic planning, etc. etc. Earlier this week, they had a great Biz Ladies post on media kits over on design*sponge, too.

Moreover, their Etsy shop is full of really inexpenive, customized media and press kits, and a guide to selling on Etsy. Check out their blog, too. I think I'll scoot on over and get a dozen or so warm blog ads, and maybe a glazed press release too for dessert.

Pantone OOPS

My intern just let me know that the Spring 2009 forecast from Pantone is also available. I'm so embarrassed. :) Here is the Spring report for your downloading pleasure.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Wood Type for Sale

Malcolm Dean has an enormous collection of wood type--373 fonts, plus 129 related items--and it's up for sale.

"What I learned is that a collection, like any work of art, is alive, and grows and changes according to the attention you give it," he says. "If I had the time, I'd cull some sections of the collection, and build others up, especially the strong simple faces I like best--the antiques, the gothics, the early Page fonts, and especially those of Vanderburgh & Wells. I'd gradually move the collection toward the goal I once had in mind: a thousand fonts that represent the designs I most love." But he no longer has the time. Now, he'd like to find a good home for the collection with someone "who will appreciate it, and care for it, and carry it forward."

Contact him at malcomdean@mac.com for more info, or download the prospectus: WOOD TYPE INVENTORY FINAL reduced.pdf.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Pantone sneaks? Hold me back!!!

Not that I'll be getting a tax refund, but I almost jumped out of my printing Danskos when I saw these:

SeaVees Pantone Sneakers! These are PMS 391, of course, and there are many other colors available for $125 here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Riding the Rails

I promised this post many weeks ago, and to my horror I'm only posting it now! But for those who suffer daily from the shame of low rails on your platen press, I give you

Michael from Interrobang Letterpress' ingenious, illustrated solution using formica. The complete directions are on his flickr page, here.

"There is nothing complicated about ordinary equality."

This lovely letterpress print is the joint effort of Chandler O'Leary of Anagram Press and Jessica Spring of Springtide Press. Available in their Etsy store, the edition is limited to 108. The colophon reads:

"Alice Stokes Paul (1885-1977) continued the work of the suffragists, and helped form the National Woman's Party to demand equal rights. The NWP engaged in militant demonstrations and the first picketing of the White House; these "Silent Sentinels" were mobbed and imprisoned, then force-fed while attempting a hunger strike. Public and media support for their cause grew and by 1920, women secured the vote. Alice Paul continued to work on their behalf, writing the original Equal Rights Amendment in 1923."

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Did I miss something?

What about spring and summer? Seems like it's still pretty frosty here . . . in spite of that, Pantone has just released its Fall 2009 color predictions. As goes fashion, so goes print!

You can download a .pdf of the full report here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Book Cover Archive

Design ideas come from anywhere and everywhere--and even if you don't have time to read, maybe looking at book covers will at least cleanse your palate.

The Book Cover Archive has over a thousand covers so far, and is searchable by designer as well as author and title. And, it's pretty.

Type women

Ladies of Letterpress, literally:

Along with type creatures and type bikes, the type ladies are for sale in Mary Sutter's Etsy shop here. Via Green Chair Press Blog.

Heidelberg Scholarship for Creative Leadership in Print

The days of long letterpress apprenticeships might be far behind us, but I was surprised to see this in my inbox the other day. From the site: "The purpose of the scholarship is to provide accomplished creative professionals the opportunity to develop essential leadership skills required to successfully grow in a dynamic industry." If you're a creative professional first and a printer second, or a printer with a foundation in litho, or some other kind of creative/printer person, this could be a great opportunity. Also, Berlin!