Printing

Portrait of a Letterpress Printer.

This put a smile on my face for a number of reasons. First off it is a really nice documentary short. Beautiful cinematography and editing. Solid story line and an interesting character. An insight into the wisdom that one gets from years of creativity. And then there is the portion of the film, where Mr. William Amer comes full circle to rediscover his passion and spread it to others. Love this little film. Great work from

Made by Hand at Adams of Rye.

Back in the day, when I was in art school… I just made myself sound really old… anyway, I took quite a few printmaking classes. I was really into the process of Lithography and intaglio printmaking. There was a solid satisfaction in the creation process and the slowness in which an image was produced.

At one point I discovered letter press and I had an instant connection to it. In part it came from the fact that I was working part time as a designer and paste up artist to help pay for school. I think the connection between the typesetting component, and the printing process is what brought it all together for me.

The video below by Leo Cackett was produced for  for Wallpaper* magazine. It features Derek Stonham, and Ian Foster producing a wood type printed piece for the cover of the 2012 May issue of the magazine. At one point in the voice over by Foster, he talks about working with antique machinery and type. This is so true. The press is probably over 100 years old, as well as the wood type they are using. I love the fact that there is a dedicated group of people all over the world that are keeping this craft alive. It really rings true with me after spending 10 hours in front of a computer screen working in Photoshop and Illustrator.

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/

Service Plan’s Solar Powered Annual Report.

I used to do a lot of annual report design work. Most of the time they were boring books filled with charts, numbers, and SEC filing information. Occasionally I would get one from a company that had a budget big enough to build a story that focused on there brand or product bringing the report to life. I think that is why I absolutely love this annual report, designed by Serviceplan for Austria Solar. The book is powered by the sun. That’s right the pages are only readable when exposed to sun light. What an absolutely fantastic idea.

Solar energy is the key area of business at Austria Solar: Serviceplan developed a surprising and attention-grabbing annual report for the Vienna-based organisation that not only puts solar energy to paper, but also positions Austria Solar as a consistently innovative industry organisation in the Austrian solar sector. Thanks to a special printing process, the content of the individual pages only becomes visible when sunlight falls on it.

The report was sent at the beginning of the year to the members of the Austrian solar organisation in addition to various representatives from business and politics.