Letterpress

Love Letters for Hamilton Type.

When the good people at Mama’s Sauce in Orlando Florida found out that the Hamilton Type Museum were being forced to relocate, they did something extraordinary. They culled the talents of some extremely skilled designers to help raise money for the Hamilton move. The video below tells the story of who what and why. The video is worth watching in its own right. The cause makes it even better.

Letters: mamas-sauce.com/shop/love-letters/
Hamilton Type: woodtype.org/support

Designers:

Fuzzco (fuzzco.com/)
Justin Mezzell (justinmezzell.com/)
Aaron Draplin (draplin.com/)
Dana Tanamachi (tanamachistudio.com/)
Jon Contino (joncontino.com/)
Jessica Hische (jessicahische.is/)
Ross Moody 55HI’s (55his.com/)

Music by: Keegan Dewitt keegandewitt.com/

Gerald Summers 1934 Armchair becomes a Business Card.

It’s a pretty well known fact that if you want your business card to get noticed, it better stand out from the crowd. There are plenty of ways to make this happen, but few of them are as fun as this card designed by Richard C Evans for Bentply, a London furniture shop that specializes in vintage, 20th century modern furniture.

The card was letterpress printed by Elegante Press on three layers of card for stability, and die cut so it could be punched out, and folded up to become a miniature 1934 plywood armchair designed by Gerald Summers. The card looks great unfolded with a great visual layout, and color pallet that precisely the aesthetic of mid 20th century instructional manuals. Punched out and folded up it becomes a hard to forget item that transcends typical business card design.

Between Page and Screen. A Book of Augmented Reality Poems.

Over the last couple of years I have seen a ton of augmented reality stuff. Most of it is geared toward a camera enabled smartphone, and most of it is designed to extend a product offering or promote something.A lot of it is pretty mediocre in design, and implementation.

It is refreshing to see an augmented reality application that is being used to help create a literary experience. One that is well designed, well constructed, and well thought out.

Between Page and Screen was written by Amaranth Borsuk and developed by Brad Bouse. The book is a series of poems that are displayed on the page as geometric patterns that reveal the text when shown to w computer with a web camera, or a camera enabled smartphone.

Originally produced as a limited-edition hand-bound and letterpress-printed artist’s book, Between Page and Screen has been shown internationally at a number of exhibitions from San Francisco to Berlin, and is now available as a hardbound book on the Between Page and Screen website from Siglio Press.

“The pages of this artist’s book contain no text—only abstract geometric patterns and a web address leading to this site, where the book may be read using any browser and a webcam. The poems that appear, a series of letters written by two lovers struggling to map the boundaries of their relationship, do not exist on either page or screen, but in the augmented space between them opened up by the reader.”

iPad Letterpress.

Sunday night I installed LetterMpress on my iPad. I found the app while browsing the app store and had no idea what to expect. It looked interesting and it was fairly inexpensive so I thought I’d give it a shot.

The application lets you create simulated Letterpress style prints that can be exported to your photo albums, shared via social networking tools, or printed if you have a wireless printer connected to your iPad.

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The look of the User interface is really nice, ease of use is at times not. If you get this application, I highly recommend spending some time going through the tutorials. It’ll make your life a lot easier and less frustrating in the long run. The application makes use of double and triple taps on the screen to set and clear images, along with gestures. Once you know what you are doing its easy, but if you jump right in, you might be confused about how to do things like remove items from the press bed. Aside from that the application is fairly straight forward. You simply drag type, furniture and locks on to the press bed, arrange them, choose a paper, ink, print, save or export.

The application like a traditional print shop lets you store and keep prints that can be overprinted repeatedly. In addition, you can save your press layouts for repeat use as well. Right now the app has a finite amount of type specimens, and art cuts, but the developer is releasing more that will be available through updates to the app in the future.

Designed and developed by John Bonadies, the application is being funded on Kickstarter, and has more than reached it’s goal. Right now, LetterMpress is available via iTunes, and your iPad’s app store for $5.99.