Letterpress studio

 Finished work drying

Finished work drying

Yesterday I dropped some booklets off at a local London letterpress studio for a work project. Theo was so lovely and showed us through how everything works and some of his projects. He has some beautiful old metal typefaces and picture plates to work with, as well as the modern plastic plates when need be. It was amazing to see how they are fitted together into the frame and how the manual press works, completely by hand (and powered by foot). I went back to my computer feeling very envious of his studio and being able to work with his hands, on something real. No wonder web designers are so drawn to letterpress, it fills in a gap that is missing in our industry, while sharing so many common elements of design.

Working the press
Working the press
Metal typefaces
Metal typefaces
Bags and apron
Bags and apron