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Brought To You By the Letter “I” & “Z”

Brought To You By the Letter “I” & “Z”

Last year I had the opportunity to work with a group of artist on an alphabet poster. It is amazing how the letterform can be manipulated. Through out history we’ve seen decorative initial caps at the forefront of paragraphs. Fancy letters that seemed to capture the elegance of a bygone era. To find inspiration I like to examine the detail found in vintage map typography. A collection of examples of Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Typography can be viewed online. For this poster collaboration I chose the letters “I” and “Z”. Armed with numerous sketches I worked in Adobe Illustrator to finalize my ideas. Here is results. Second phase of the project was to print our letters on coasters. I finally found some time to print one of my letters. The coaster is a nice thick stock for the press to bit in to. A Must See For Anyone Who Loves Letterpress! Saw this Poster back in 2008 in Seattle. Don’t know why I didn’t Buy it then. If you’re in Nashville and you want one Hatch Poster it should be a classic Hank Williams. Ever letterpress studio should have a coffee cup from Hatch Show Print. Didn’t get to go to the Picker’s Nashville store. But I had already purchased this Hatch poster a few years...
Business Cards Round Two

Business Cards Round Two

                    Call it a classic blunder, but my first attempt at printing business cards ended in failure. The print job turned out great. It was a serious error in trimming on our 26” C&P cutter. What I failed to realize was that there was too much play in the travel of the blade. After further examination I discovered that there was a solution. seems that there are four guide adjustment screws to limit the play in the downward motion. Every time I run a job on the old C&P I realize it’s a learning process. It’s not a steep learning curve. It’s more about learning the tricks of the trade. There’s an art to it. I fill I had better results this go-around when I achieved a harder packing. I’m also learning how to make my own plates. I tried to make a new address plate with lighter type, but failed to hold detail. This could be solved with a little more exposure, and experimentation. I’ll be setting up some test strips and see if I can dial this in.    ...
Mystery Type Font Solved

Mystery Type Font Solved

                                Few unidentified fonts in the case. Think this mystery is solved. Spent some time online looking trough a few old type specimen books. Identifying the font as Slimline N0. 241 was the first step. I then took inventory. Quickly saw that all the letter-I was missing. What can you do with out a key letter in the font. Update: 1-30-2013, Just received my ebay purchase. Lets call it a booster pack. Lots of “I”s, now I have 14 , Plus the all so rare “Z”, now I have a total of 5. Very important letter when your last name has double...
Classic Austin Healey

Classic Austin Healey

      In my youth I use to marvel at the wonderful British sports car imports. This was the 1960s and Triumphs, MGs, Jags, and Austins where common. But of all the style and flair, one car has stood the test of time to remain a true classic. The Healey is my vision of a Classic British sports car. Elegant lines distinguish it from the rest. Although, the Jag XKE roadster can still turn a few heads in absence of a Healey . The Healey, especially the “Big” Healeys of the 1960’s.   I’ll be honest, I haven’t sat in a Healey since I was a baby. A friend of my Dad drove a late 50’s model. He stoped by to visit and my Dad took an 8mm movie of me behind the wheel. I can say this, I wouldn’t act much different today if I found myself in the driver’s seat. I’d just be pounding the gas peddle, not the horn. But the grin on my face would be same. I created this letterpress card to commemorate the Austin Healey 3000 as a true...
48pt Troyer Ornament No.4802

48pt Troyer Ornament No.4802

Sorting through the type cabinet we recently aquired and found some interesting foundry ornaments. These look to be 48pt Troyer Ornaments No.4802 as seen in the ATF Typographic Accessories Catalog of 1955. Not to sure where I’ll find opportunity to use any of these, but it’s fun to think I can if needed.  For those digital designers looking for classic letterpress elements the Troyer Ornaments can be found at...