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Monthly ArchiveJune 2007



Studio projects Saturday June 30 2007 06:56 am

018 Johnny Utah’s menu

Johnny Utah’s is a new restaurant opening up at Rockefeller Center in New York City in early July, 2007. Terre, Ray’s daughter, designed the menu and encouraged them to print it letterpress to give it a handmade quality and that brought Wallflowers Press into the project. 3,000 lunch and dinner menus in 3 colors. Terre’s design used type that was incredibly detailed, but we thought it would be be a good incentive to push our technical craft a bit.

Here is a closeup of the 1/4″ type. It is a test to get that kind of detail when you are also printing some larger, more solid areas like the word “Dinner” at the same time.

The background texture is the laid texture of the paper which doesn’t show up very well in a straight-on scan. We used Neenah Classic Laid Cover 120# in the Natural White color.

inventory / miscellaneous Wednesday June 20 2007 09:09 am

Adjustable furniture

Lead Graffiti has added some adjustable lock up furniture. One of the things we wanted to do when we started Wallflowers Press was small, limited edition books. This might help get us started toward one of the three we are currently planning.

This is one of the two cabinets that came with the furniture. This one holds 8 pica to 42 pics. The other cabinet holds 8 picas to 72 picas.

This image shows us using what some of the adjustable furniture that we have. It is the darker steel pieces along the edges of the pages.

Here is the result of that lockup.

inventory / important type Saturday June 16 2007 08:03 am

Melior

Lead Graffiti is proud to announce the addition of a nice run (20 cases) of foundry Melior from 12 point to 60 point. The font was designed by Hermann Zapf in 1952. I was especially knocked over by that ‘y’.
Here is a sample.

Histories of Newark: 1758-2008 & Studio projects Sunday June 10 2007 04:16 am

Citizens of Newark photos through June 2, 2007

We’ve finished the main effort toward taking citizens of Newark photographs. Here are the totals.

Scheduled hours included in photoshoots: 98

Total number of citizen photos taken: 5,054

Total file size of originals (color .jpg images): 6.86 gigabytes

Total number of retouched photos: 1,237

Total file size of retouched photos (black/white .tif images): 2.79 gigabytes

Estimated hours for retouching: 155

Total citizens (some in multiple images): 3,767

The design of the book includes a 1″ band that will run through the middle of every page of the book to include current citizens of Newark. A book on the history of the city doesn’t have room for the contemporary city and a lot of the old photos do not include much of the humanity that has gone into that history.

This citizen band was included to counter both of those problems.

While the effort in the citizen photography was far more than we anticipated the fun of doing it was also far beyond what we anticipated.

Histories of Newark: 1758-2008 Friday June 08 2007 11:23 am

Citizen retouching #2

Every so often while we’ve been taking the ‘citizen’ photos for the Histories of Newark book we’ve had a reason to actually set up a photo which requires some fairly serious retouching.

Original #1. From this one we got the overall feel of the piece, the two ’strong’ guys and the lady’s feet.

Original #2. From this one we got the lady and the third guy.

Retouched. I love the look on the face of the middle guy. I can hear a kind of Beavis and Butthead voice saying, “We got a big one this time. Huh huh huh huh huh.” The one thing we didn’t do that we may go back and redo is the middle guy’s left arm. It is in a better position in #1.

Some days this is just plain fun.

Histories of Newark: 1758-2008 Friday June 08 2007 11:07 am

Citizen retouching

Every so often while we’ve been taking the ‘citizen’ photos for the Histories of Newark book we’ve had a reason to actually set up a photo which requires some fairly serious retouching.

We are going to post several on this blog.

Original.

Retouched. And I need to remember to retouch that guy’s fingers that barely missed the edge of the photo.

inventory / collection Monday June 04 2007 10:24 pm

F2 Design / letterpress shop in Lubbock, TX

We just bought four posters from a great letterpress shop run by a guy named Dirk Fowler in Lubbock, Texas. Here are a couple.


Check out the F2 Design website.