Letterpress Printing at Home

February 17th, 2010

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It’s no secret that I love letterpress, so when I came across this little letterpress machine by Lifestyle Crafts while reading Black Eiffel the other day, I was really excited.

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It seems to be much like a Gocco, but instead of screen printing, it leaves a bit of an impression on the paper, which I love. Lifestyle Crafts also offers customers custom printing plates, so that budding printers can upload a pdf and have a plate made for their next printing endeavor. While it may not be an altogether quick project–you still need to do a little planning ahead to roll out a new line of thank you notes, it’s definitely a more convenient option than finding a local letterpress studio to rent out for a few hours.

Posters by Jason Munn

January 19th, 2009

Sometimes I send myself links as a reminder to blog about something I like and then I totally forget: a) where the link originally came from, b) why I wanted to blog about it.

I still don’t remember where this link came from, but as soon as I opened it up I remembered why I liked it. I have always been inspired by poster designs, and that trend continues with, Jason Munn’s work. He creates some amazing posters for clients like Patagonia and Death Cab for Cutie. Here are some of my favorites:

A book that makes me want some apres ski

December 10th, 2008

I’ve always thought snowboard designs are a great source of inspiration as a graphic designer, so when I recently spotted the book The Art of Skiing: Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Winter Sport, I thought this book would add a different layer of wintery inspiration from the generally modern designs I often find on boards. Not to mention that the book makes you want to curl up with a beer or seven while wearing a bright red parka, sitting in front of a fire in a ski lodge.

Keep calm and carry on throughout the year

December 10th, 2008

I am loving this Keep Calm and Carry On spoof calendar for sale on Etsy. It also happens to be recession friendly. They are selling these calendars as PDFs for $5, so you can print out as many as you like for those coworkers who you know will re-gift someting to you this year.

Happy Halloween!

October 30th, 2008

I’ve always been a sucker for all things Halloween, which may explain why I ended up at Ohio University for undergrad (where they happen to have one of the biggest halloween parades). I haven’t dressed up in years, but I still love seeing all the little kids in our neighborhood in their costumes. That’s why I am loving Mrs. Limestone’s excellent stoop party invitation:

The inverted image of her home gives this invitation a nice spooky feel and I love the idea of a stoop party in Brooklyn where the trick or treaters parade for candy in mass.

Business cards design

October 25th, 2008

With my upcoming notecard and business card letterpress class mere weeks away, I’ve been checking out some letterpress samples on flickr. Alex passed along this set of business card designs on flickr a few months ago, where one can find all sorts of wonderful inspirations, like:

Melissa Nosal. I am loving that red gilded edge.

Koichi Sato. Hello monotone awesomeness!

Ellen Jackson. Such a great look for a portrait photographer.

Graphik Boutique. I am totally sucker for metallic ink these days.

Each card in this letterpress set is unique.

Mine SF. Simple when flat, but holding it up to the light to reveals the name. It’s almost magical!