The Standpoint Gallery in London is having a letterpress exhibition during the next month or so. The exhibit, curated by Graham Bignell of New North Press and Richard Ardagh, will showcase how the printing technique is being reinvented for modern times.
Reverting to Type aims to highlight the pioneers at the helm of the current resurgence of interest in letterpress; from computer-based designers with a desire to ply a craft with a tactile immediacy that has been lost with moderntechnology, to traditional presses finding a new way to revitalise their design output.
This is definitely on the list of things to do during my last couple of weeks in England. See this pdf release for more details about the show, including the final list of contributors.
Combining LEGO and letterpress printing is an awesome idea. Prints are available from Physical Fiction, a collaborative effort between Samuel Cox and Justin LaRosa.
UCSF has a collection of Japanese woodblock prints available for your viewing pleasure. The archive consists of four hundred woodblock prints on health-related themes.
The Japanese woodblock prints offer a visual account of Japanese medical knowledge in the late Edo and Meiji periods. The majority of the prints date to the mid-late nineteenth century, when Japan was opening to the West after almost two hundred and fifty years of self-imposed isolation.
Want to print your own comic? Pen, paper, photocopier. Easy.
Canons of page construction. A few details about the Van de Graaf canon, used in medieval manuscripts, and Tschichold’s musings on the golden ratio.
Printing a book in 1947. It’s pretty awesome to watch all of the machinery in action. The typesetting aspect is different these days (no more hot metal) but the books still need to be printed, trimmed and bound.