Awarded an American Graphic Design Award of Excellence by Graphic Design USA in 2014
Conveying the authors' love of the letterpress process and product, this book covers everything you need to know to create beautiful work. Beginning with the technology and history of type and the printed page, it continues with the fundamentals of measurement, terminology and the lay of the case. Guidance on planning the concept, gathering inspiration and critiquing your work will help you develop your skills or show you how to lead others to do so. The authors also show how contemporary digital processes are highly compatible with letterpress and have expanded its boundaries in the 21st century. A must for students who wish to learn letterpress and instructors as a handy reference.
Cathie Ruggie Saunders has been making letterpress books since 1973 and has over 25 years of experience teaching letterpress printing to graduate and undergraduate students at the School of Art Institute in Chicago. Martha Chiplis has an MFA in Graphics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked for Sherwin Beach Press as a letterpress printer and designer for 16 years, and began teaching at the School of the Art Institute in 2008.
Acknowledgements 1 The Sensual, Printed Artifact The Allure The Passion 2 The Historical Legacy: Connecting the Past and Future Frederic Goudy Oswald Cooper Robert Hunter Middleton 3 Printer's Primer Terminology Measurement Lay of the Case Spacing and Leading Setting Type by Hand Tying up the Form Alignment Ink Paper for Proofing Proofing 4 Press and Printing Paper The Vandercook Proof Press: "The Editioning Press" Lock-Up Press Operation Checking the Impression Makeready Registering Multiple Colors Editioning After Printing: Cleaning the Press Platen Presses (Chandler & Price) 5 Relief Matrices Foundry Type Monotype Linotype Ludlow Images Ornaments Woodcuts Wood Engraving Linoleum Cut Laser-Cut Materials Other 6 Contemporary Processes Found Objects and Other Materials Pressure Printing Split Fountain Debossing Printing without Ink Damping Monoprint Hand Inking Splatter Ghosting Backwards Transfer Floriated Initial Image Transfer Brayer Roll-Outs Stencil 7 Creating a Concept Sources of Inspiration Time 8 Envisioning the Object Structural Possibilities Relationship of Content and Structure The Function of Dummy Structures Choosing Appropriate Typefaces Choosing Appropriate Paper Choosing an Appropriate Color Palette The Colophon 9 Assessing the Object Envisioned Critique Format Models The Synergy of Form and Content 10 Gallery of Lettepress Conclusion Appendices Further Reading Additional Resources Letterpress Nomenclature (Glossary) Index