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Monthly ArchiveAugust 2010



events Thursday August 19 2010 08:15 am

House Industries & the Challenge Program

We spent a great day with some great guys for a great cause. We are good friends with the guys at House Industries sharing a love of typography, good craft, and contributing to socially important projects.

Rich Roat asked if we would help with an invitation for the Challenge Program and we jumped at the chance. Rich along with three of the program’s participants came down and helped us print via letterpress an invitation, RSVP, thank you, and three envelopes. We had a pretty nice system with silver ink on our Vandercook SP-15 and Black on our Vandercook Universal III. We think it adds a lot when both sides as well as the clients when there is a sharing of the printing experience.

It was a nice way to spend five hours and share a couple of good Nick & Joe’s pizzas. Always nice to pass the letterpress vibe to new people.

house industries challenge program

Photos by Rich Roat.

Invitation, RSVP, & thank yous: 150 copies on Crane Lettra 100# Fluorescent White printed in silver / black

Envelopes: French Paper Dur-O-Tone Butcher Orange in A6 and A2 printed in silver / black

Studio projects Monday August 02 2010 06:01 am

Diploma wanted

We love the keepsake quality you get from letterpress and have always thought printing an interesting diploma or certificate would be one of the great keepsake projects. We were looking through an antique store on August 1 and came across this 1975 high school diploma from a Mennonite high school in Pennsylvania.

May be a bit over the top as far as colors printed letterpress, but it would make a stunning project. In this instance the diploma is offset with the student’s name and date printed via letterpress (we’ve retouched those out).

We thought it would be interesting to do a diploma for an art-oriented high school and actually have the students design it each year.

The Nobel Prize is a wonderful certificate utilizing (I believe) a unique piece of original art and hand calligraphy. The one below is from 2007 to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change who shared the prize with Al Gore.

Anyone out there know a cool high school with some artistic license?