October 1, 2013
Back to Business: Metroform Cards

For our Back to Business spotlight this week we're featuring cards we designed for design and construction firm, Metroform.

They wanted to include a list of all the things they do from pre-construction to custom furniture so we designed a pattern utilizing all of the words - a jigsaw puzzle for designers!

We created a short stop-motion film of the cards so you can see every word on the front of the business card and howthe pattern changes based on how you hold it.

Here are the specs:
Size - 3.5" x 2"
Stock - 600gsm Duplexed Lettra
Printing - Letterpress - 3 colors
Fininshing - Green PMS Edging
Design - Dolce Press

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September 28, 2013
What’s Up This Week / 8

The cat's out of the bag, the new press we teased about on instagram (and on last weeks What's Up post) is finally here. A lot of people guessed right, it's a Heidelberg KS Cylinder.

The press came out of a small shop and was still being used by the original owner for printing.

So why a cylinder press? We're no strangers to cylinder presses, we love our Vandercook Universal III's! While the Heidelberg Windmill is the workhorse of the letterpress world, the KS (and the entire line of Heidelberg Cylinders) packs a big punch - literally.

A cylinder press prints one line of the form at a time while a platen press prints the entire form with a single impression. Top that off with 4 form rollers and you've got a the equivalent of a letterpress genie!

To keep busy while we're prepping for the inaugural print run, check out these Heidelberg manuals:
Heidelberg Cylinder Operation Manual
Heidelberg Cylinder Supplemental Manual
Heidelberg - Hints for the Pressman

 

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February 11, 2013
Vine Video Recap

We've been having fun sharing videos of the studio on Vine and here are a couple of our recent favorites. The first was a stop animation video of edge colored business cards we printed for Grit & Thistle film company.

Our business cards are printed on recycled stock using vegetable oil based inks with equipment powered by wind. They're the "green"-est business cards you can get. 

You can also check out some foil stamping with a registered emboss being printed on a Kluge and letterpress business cards running on a Heidelberg Windmill.

Give us suggestions for what you'd like to see on Vine in the comments below


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January 11, 2013
Kluge Animated GIF

An animated GIF of one of our kluge foil stamping presses in motion. Whether you pronounce it J-I-F or G-I-F-T, there's nothing cooler than photos of equipment and an animated gif of a press in motion is as awesome as a double rainbow! 

Keep up to date on everything that's going on at the shop by following us on Instagram and watch videos on our YouTube channel.

p.s. - click the image to see the animation!
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February 8, 0006
Great Video on Letterpress Printing
The Internet Archive website has a great selection of historical documents and videos, one of which we have highlighted previously on the blog (How to use a composing stick). We just came across this video which is part of a series of vocational films made in 1947. The movie covers the opportunities and training available […]

The Internet Archive website has a great selection of historical documents and videos, one of which we have highlighted previously on the blog (How to use a composing stick). We just came across this video which is part of a series of vocational films made in 1947. The movie covers the opportunities and training available in the field of printing and highlights hand typesetting, linotype, monotype, display, make-up and layout.

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