Maid in Britain: The sensory pleasures of printing and pressing

Mary from Maid in Britain has been in touch — the Rufford Printing Co in Mawdesley, Lancashire helped me produce a booklet – a first for them I think – typeset on the last Intertype machine of its kind ever made and which was in use at the Guardian until 1987 – then hand printed on a Vandercook.

This is all written up, and beautifully photographed on the Maid in Britain blog.

Print Futures Awards: 2018 – Call for Applications

The Print Futures Awards help people develop their career in the UK printing, paper, publishing, packaging and graphic arts sectors.

What are the Print Futures Awards?

The Awards are grants of up to £1,500 to help individuals develop their workplace skills or assist new people to follow a pathway into employment with living and travel costs while studying and working.

Who can apply?

You are eligible to apply if you are a UK resident aged 18-30 years and

  • are an apprentice or studying for an NVQ in a UK print-related organisation
  • are already working in the UK industry and want to further develop
    your workplace skills

Apply here

8 Faces: Modular Hexagonal Woodletter 

More news from New North Press, with beautiful hexagonal woodletter.

It’s Nice That: Hacking Heidelberg: how Erik Spiekermann came to reinvent the printing process

A rather lavish and jealousy-inducing article from It’s Nice, That, on Erik Spiekermann’s letterpress works.  Truly wonderful to see such a great name in design return to letterpress with a craft approach to the whole thing.

Creative Review: BBC Reith Font

Only a glancing connection with letterpress but a face that will end up as one of the fonts that define how the UK looks (along with ‘Transport’ used on road signs).  This Creative Review article looks at replacing Gill with a custom font called Reith.

Max Koehler: Adopting a Digital Typeface for Letterpress Printing

Superb article by Kax Koehler on making a letterpress fount using acrylic laser-cut letters and MDF.  Excellent use of new technology!