Tag Archives: letterpress

friday blinks – 3/30/12

30 Mar

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

App that locates NYC subway art
The ‘Arts for Transit’ app, “created by the Metropolitan Transport Authority and app firm Meridian, tells the locations of hundreds of artworks throughout the historic New York subway.” Find the sculptures, murals, installations and other works dating back to the 1980s, as well as background info, photos, and audio or video podcasts about each artist. Nerds will also like this app. It will guide them to bookstores and help them find a particular book in the store. It’s like a nerd magnet.
(via The Creative Finder/twitter)

How Creativity Works
Interesting NPR interview with author and editor Jonah Lehrer, about his new book called Imagine: How Creativity Works. I think I need to take more breaks. It seems like I’ve been overwhelmed lately, hitting more walls (creatively and physically) than usual. Also, a short promo video from Jonah Lehrer.
(via my wife, Holly Gatton) (via UCDA/twitter)

Tiny cards
What a better way to make a point that you work with small businesses than to get super tiny business cards? That’s what one Alberta, Canada-based bookkeeping business did. Measureing 1” x .6”, these little guys were letterpress printed by Minneapolis-based Studio On Fire. They had to make a special die just to cut them down to size. Brilliant!
(via Cranky Pressman/twitter) (via Studio On Fire/twitter)

Ten Steps to Becoming the Designer You Want to Be
Great list of 10 things to do on a regular basis to be all you can be, design-wise.
(via Linda Sanderson)

Dan Cassaro rides the Highway
Designer, illustrator and highway extraordinaire Dan Cassaro shows off his newest type masterpiece. Highway, which was initially created on the road, traveling across the U.S. of A. this past summer, then completed in his home studio in New York. Check it out and safe driving.
(via Grain Edit/twitter)(via Dan Cassaro/twitter)

friday blinks – 3/9/12

9 Mar

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

James Victore’s YouTube Channel
This dude is full of energy and I love it. It’s so refreshing to see someone who’s been in the game this long and still full of piss and vigor. Inspiring and impressive.
(via James Victore/twitter)

Glasgow Press’ Impressive promo
Glasgow Press just sent out a letterpress promo pack featuring 5 postcards with lyrics from songs by some of graphic designer Kerr Vernon’s favorite Glasgow-based bands. Awesome.
(via Creative Review/blog)

Interview with Adam R. Garcia
A beautifully-shot interview and with the very talented creative director, designer, and illustrator Adam R. Garcia, created by Portland-based designer Ryan J. Bush. “Move around. Be an idiot. Be a part of the community. Make things that are compelling and meaningful. Think about what you make.” Nice ending, too. It was nice to see Adam break out from those very deep thoughts.
(via Greg Fisk/twitter) (via Adam Garcia/twitter)

Camera + Drill = interesting view of our world
French designer Oscar Lhermitte straps a digital camera, filming at 15 frames per second, onto a drill that spins 20 revolutions per second. I could totally see this treatment as a title sequence for a movie.
(via Under Consideration/twitter)

Advice from John C Jay
Great list of 10 tips from Wieden+Kennedy’s John C Jay. I especially like #7.
(via Greg Fisk/twitter)

Free Font Friday
Practice Foundry, a Canadian-based, “independent type foundry and a collective space for showcasing the work of amateur type designers in Canada.” They want to beef up the Canadian typographic presence with a pay-as-you’d-like model. Pretty sweet idea, eh?
(via Dylan Moore)

friday blinks – 2/3/12

3 Feb

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

Icons, icons, and icons
An impressive amount of super high quality icons done by Tim Boelaars.
(via Taylor Pemberton/twitter)

The Office of Nature Blog
Run by designer and illustrator Katherine Patton, this blog is a very nice “collection of neat things.”
(via Mikey Burton/twitter)

New Desks for a new Studio
522 Industries build two beautiful desks for Title Case, the new San Francisco-based studio of Jessica Hische and Erik Marinovich (1/2 of Friends of Type).
(via Jessica Hische/twitter)

The Eye Writer
Artist Tony Quan was diagnosed with ALS, and lost the ability to use almost all of his body, except his eyes and brain. With the help of some crafty friends, he is able to draw and create art again. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get chills from this video.
(via Greg Christman/twitter)

Ira Glass on Storytelling
Nice, short video explaining how creative people go through stages of work.
(via Dave Yakley/twitter)

Free Font Friday
Archive by Slava Kirilenko (via Hannes Beer/twitter)

In other news…
If you didn’t see yesterday, I made a post about my trip to two of Roanoke’s print shops, Press Press Merch and Appalachia Press. Ad2 Roanoke was behind this great lunchtime tour. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Press Press Merch/Appalachia Press tour

2 Feb

The folks at Ad2 Roanoke had another great event planned for the masses. A lunch-time tour of two of Roanoke’s finest printers’ shops. Enter Press Press Merch and Appalachia Press. My co-worker Suzanne and I made the trip up from Blacksburg for what they called the “Brown Bag Series: The Fine Art of Printing.” We pulled up to an unassuming warehouse-looking building off of Albemarle Avenue. As we walked through the doors, we were welcomed with open arms, warm smiles, pizza, and desserts by Hired Guns Creative‘s Erica and Patrick, along with Greg Szechenyi from Press Press and John Reburn from Appalachia Press.

Greg walked around their print shop, taking us through the production of a normal screen printing job, showing off their massive 10-station, 8-color automatic press and vacuum exposure unit. Running my own screen printing business out of my home, having a shop anywhere close to what Press Press has would have been incredible. Later, Greg showed off their showroom, highlighting various printing techniques like soft-touch inks, 4-color printing, and discharge inks, which removes the pigment from the shirt in a non-toxic way. The whole time we were there, the Press Press crew was working seamlessly and professionally in the background, like there weren’t any strange people wondering around their shop.

John took over and led us a few feet through a doorway, bringing us into the Appalachia Press shop. There was a distinct smell of “Old Stuff™,” which should be a signature Appalachia Press candle scent. You’re welcome, John. Old presses, wood, steel, and iron. *Deep breath…ahhhhhh. What a lovely smell that is. As he led us through his workshop, John shared a brief history of how he got into letterpress, what he uses each piece of machinery for, and then explained the printing process for various letterpress jobs. There are some different processes that he goes through based on the type of job that comes in. Whether it involves hand-cut stencils, sending art out to be made into a block, or screen printing, every job always includes lots of hands-on work. Getting his hands dirty and lifting heavy equipment is how John stays fit. Having a new retail store in downtown Roanoke, a steady stream of online shoppers, and many resellers all over the country keeps Appalachia’s presses moving. John is working on plans to run a few workshops this summer, so stay in the loop on their Facebook page.

Thanks again to Press Press Merch and Appalachia Press’s hospitality, and to Ad2 for hosting such a wonderful event. And for those who couldn’t make it out, nanny nanny boo boo, stick your head in doo doo. You missed out.

friday blinks – 1/27/12

27 Jan

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

Behind the Scenes look at Treasure Island for iPad
Matt Cruickshank takes a look back through his process of illustrating Treasure Island for the iPad by Space Dog Books. I got the book and started checking it out with my 3 year-old son. We’ve been having a lot of fun with it. What a wonderful experience.
(via Tymn Armstrong/twitter)

Aesthetic Apparatus Kickstart a kick-ass typeface
The Minneapolis-based design/poster rock stars are at it again. This time, designing a slick, bevelled typeface, which was featured on their wildly-popular “Yes, We’re/Sorry, We’re” vinyl signs. Go on, you know you want to back this project and support the AA guys in their global graphic design domination. This project has been 100%+ backed, so you have a few more days to get a good deal on some other goodies.
(via Aesthetic Apparatus/twitter)

The Scamihorn’s Christmas Card
The super-talented illustrator and designer Aaron Scamihorn created a tasty holiday card.
(via Riley Cran/twitter)

A Hundred Monkeys Glider
Designed by Mikey Burton, letterpress printed by The Cranky Pressman. Awesome detail, and all in 2-color. Very impressive!
(via Mikey Burton/twitter)

How Pencils are Made
I love the show How It’s Made, and what an interesting process.
(via UCDA/twitter)

FREE FONT FR-FR-FRIDAY
Static by Slava Kirilenko (via Hannes Beer/twitter)
Woodshop, handmade by the generous and super-talented Nick Slater (via Nick Slater/twitter)

In other news…
I saw a great quote on twitter from Denver-based designer Scott Hill:
“Not allowing employees to claim their work, discouraging outside design work, and brow-beating is the design of old. Respect your employees.”
Amen, brother. The aforementioned scenario sounds a lot like my previous employer. Glad I (and others I worked with) moved on.

friday blinks – 12/16/11

16 Dec

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

Indian Motorcycle Brand Campaign Concept
Minneapolis-based creative studio Soulseven, a.k.a. Sam Soulek and his team (Nick Brue, Anthony Cappetta, illustrator Curtis Jinkins, and photographers Dustin A. Beatty and Falcon Motorcycles) created a proposed piece for Indian Motorcycles that is totally bad ass. Love the arrow head mark the best.
(via Chris Streger/twitter)

The Boxcar Press Holiday Gift Guide: 22 Gifts for a Letterpress Printer
Awesome collection of letterpress-related gifts for the letterpress lover in your life. *hint hint, wife!
(via Studio On Fire/twitter)

Dirty Bandits 2012 Calendar of Silly Holidays
Year of awesomely-illustrated silly holiday calendar, beautifully printed in 2 color. Love the illustration style.
(via GoMedia/twitter)

Startup Day slides
Very nice presentation slides designed by Lauren Jong, featuring a lot of Lost Type’s typefaces.
(via Lost Type Co-op/twitter)

This Is How You Advertise For An Art School
So great. Wish more design programs would do more creative advertising like this.
(via Erica Mason/twitter)

In other news…
I finally updated my personal design portfolio site. It’s up and running, so check it out: brianyohndesign.com

I also participated in our local Help Portrait event this past weekend. It was extremely humbling and touching how much a photo meant to some people. One of the photos that was taken at our event has been featured on the Help Portrait site, as well as on CNN. The Help Portrait Roanoke team were so selfless and caring for others. It was great to connect with them, as well as the people who were getting their photos taken. It’s truly a great cause and if you weren’t able to do it this year, I highly recommend tracking down a local group to help out with for next year.

friday blinks – 12/2/11

2 Dec

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

2012 Studio On Fire Desk Calendar
The 2012 letterpress desk calendar, the Positive Apocalypse Edition from Studio On Fire. Killer colors. Lovely printing.
(via Tuesday Bassen/twitter)

Hairy Lipsum Generator
The manliest of greeked-in text, Hair Lipsum has some serious chops. Mutton Chops, that is.
Plus, any latin text containing Ned Flanders, Milkshake issues, and Ron Burgundy wins.
(via The Creative Finder/twitter)

Type Fight
Really sweet idea. Designers Drew Roper and Ryan Paule  go head-to-head with their type creations every week and lets the internet decide the winner.
(via Riley Cran/twitter)

Thanksgiving Name Cards
These amazing little cards were hand-created by the very talented James T. Edmondson.
(via Dribbble/James T. Edmondson/dribbble)

Staying Strong Under Stress
Wonderful article about how to keep calm and have rational thought when things get nuts.
(via James Victore/twitter)

Þorsteinn Beer Brand concept
Single color ink on clear bottles. Line drawings, patterns, or shapes. So simple, so freakin’ awesome.
(via Tymn Armstrong/twitter)

In other news…
I made a post about the Moveable Type Truck’s visit to Roanoke this past Saturday. It was my favorite post to write so far and I’ve been getting some really nice feedback about it, too, which is really nice to hear. Thanks again to Ad2Roanoke and Kyle Durrie (Miss Moveable Type Truck) for making this extremely awesome event happen! And thank you to all for the lovely comments.

Moveable Type Truck

26 Nov

On Friday, November 18, the Moveable Type Truck rolled into Roanoke, VA to share a lovely evening with the Ad2 Roanoke crew and anyone else who happened to walk by. Kyle Durrie, a letterpress printer from Portland, Oregon and the proprietor of Power and Light Press has been driving her converted 1982 Chevy step van/mobile letterpress print shop around the country sharing her love of letterpress with the masses. She’s been making stops at “libraries, community gardens, galleries, street fairs, farms, universities, back yards, and everywhere in between” since June of this year. Kyle’s plan is to continue the tour until March/April of next year, if not longer. I’m not sure how many miles she’s logged so far, but that’s going to be one hell of a cross country road trip!

As guests stepped into the van, Kyle met them with a smile and a greeting. There was a well-worn guest book next to the air-ride driver’s seat, and loads of printed materials were stuck to the sides of the interior with magnets. Guests came in, got a quick tutorial of how each of the presses (a Showcard sign press from the mid 20th century, and an 1873 Golding Official No. 3 tabletop platen press) worked, then were encouraged to print their own signs and coasters. On-lookers huddled in the van to see the printing in action, while others warmed up in a very cool vintage clothing store and coffee shop called Freckles or a grabbed a stiff drink at Lucky, the bar next door.

I was introduced to Kyle and asked if she would mind me asking some questions. She kindly obliged and I went on to fumble around with some questions.

Designblinks: What got you into letterpress?

Kyle Durrie: I randomly signed up for a class about six years ago. Because I was unemployed, I needed something to do. I had done printmaking and other kinds of printing in college, but never any letterpress. I took this class one winter and fell in love with it, stuck with it, did a few apprenticeships with different printers and started my own thing a few years ago. It was a little bit daunting (starting a new company), being that it was right when the recession hit, but I hadn’t had a business before the recession, so I didn’t have anything to compare it to.

Designblinks: Where has been your favorite stop so far in your travels?

Kyle: I never know how to answer this question. I’ve had a lot of really, really great visits. I’ve had zero terrible visits. I’ve had some that are less good than others, but nothing has been a total wash. I had a really amazing time in this town in Utah called Creek River. It had little to do with printing, but I just met some great people there who were really inspiring. I was Louisville last weekend and that was really fun. Every place is different. Sometimes it’s the people I meet, sometimes it’s the geography of where I’m at. I feel like every place has something really good to offer.

Designblinks: Have you ever felt the urge to abandon your trip and just head home?

Kyle: No, I had the urge to take a week off the other day. I felt that urge pretty strong, but I haven’t wanted to go home, just wanted a little time out. I kind of overbooked things on this trip, and have had very little time off and it’s catching up with me right now. But I don’t feel the need to call it quits. I’m still really excited about everything to come.

Designblinks: The first tour was funded by Kickstarter.com, correct?

Kyle: Well, this is the first tour. Kickstarter funded the first steps of the tour. It allowed me to buy the truck and to do all of the customization, then by the time I left to go on the tour, all that money was gone. I vastly underestimated all of that. Kickstarter gave me the seed money to get the project going. And now that I’m traveling, I’m basically funding it by selling my work, taking donations, and teaching workshops. It’s kind of just breaking even, but it’s breaking even, so it’s good.

Designblinks: What’s your current favorite artist or album you’ve been listening to, either on the road or while you’re stopped?

Kyle: I just realized that the CD player doesn’t stop, so this has played through about eight times tonight. This used to be a favorite, but I can’t listen to it anymore. I’ve been listening to a lot of old country songs. Those are good for traveling. Willie Nelson.

Designblinks: What do you hope people will come away with from this experience?

Kyle: One thing I’m excited about offering people is a chance to work with their hands and to make something. I think a lot of us get trapped behind our computers a little too much. I love my computer. It’s invaluable to me, but it’s a very different experience to just play with your hands, get a little bit messy, and make something. There’s a feeling of accomplishment or satisfaction. I’ve gotten some good feedback from people that that feels good for them, so I feel good about being able to offer that.

Designblinks: Do you think that’s what drives you, no pun intended, to keep going?

Kyle: Yeah, I think so. It never gets old.

Designblinks: Thanks for talking with me and thank you for coming to Roanoke!

Kyle: Sure! Thank you, my pleasure!

It was a fantastic evening. Designers and non-designers alike had a great time spending some time with Kyle and her awesome letterpress shop on wheels. Thanks again to Kyle for stopping in Roanoke and to Ad2 Roanoke for making it happen! To those of you out there that will be near an upcoming stop, you should really go. It was a great time. Best of luck to Kyle as she makes her way back to the west coast.

friday blinks – 11/18/11

18 Nov

I’ve been pretty busy the past few weeks, got a little behind, so I have included 10 links instead of the normal 5. Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

One Minute With Tyler Galpin interview
Great, inspirational interview with the talented Tyler Galpin. Stay humble.
(via Tyler Galpin/twitter)

The Anatomy of an Agency infographic
Pretty funny, and somewhat true.
(via Megan Kirby/twitter)

Telegramme Feature on Big Cartel
Straight-forward solid design from the UK’s Telegramme.
(via Dan Cassaro/twitter)

2011/06 Creative Mornings with Jim Coudal
“Do it today.” Great advice from Jim Coudal.
(via Mig Reyes/twitter)

Pantone Hotel in Brussels
Leave it to the Belgians. Waffles, chocolate, beer, and now a standardized color matched hotel.
(via Rob Clarke/twitter)

Card Nerd
Massive business card collection to get your brain pumping with inspiration juice.
(via Rob Clarke/twitter)

Leg hair font
Japanese design student creates a hairy typeface without a computer, then used commercially as part of an Adidas advertisement.
(via The Creative Finder/twitter)

The Pitch: The Game of Graphic Design
Come up with great pitches. Win lots of awards. Jealous ensues. Live out the life of a Madison Ave. designer without the second-hand smoke and liver damage.
(via Candice Chu/twitter)

SFMOMA poster series by Jason Munn
Amazing as usual, Jason Munn (aka The Small Stakes) creates a series of four posters for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art “Artist Series.”
(via Jason Munn/twitter)

Tuesday Bassen’s Help Ink process video
Super awesome. Love that Tuesday showed us a peek of what she was listening to while she worked.
(via Tuesday Bassen/twitter)

In other news…
The Moveable Type Truck is coming to town today and I’m super excited about it. The Roanoke Ad2 group asked if Kyle Durrie, a letterpress printer from Portland, Oregon and the proprietor of  Power and Light Press would stop by on her way across the U.S. of A. She complied, we cheered, and can’t wait to see this wonderful woman and her amazing letterpress on wheels. Be on the lookout for an upcoming post about Kyle and her bitchin’ truck.