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St Bride Virtual Wayzgoose

Des­pite Cov­id restric­tions, the let­ter­press cham­pi­ons at St Bride are organ­ising a vir­tu­al wayz­goose. Details below! Due to the ongo­ing coronavir­us restric­tions in the UK, we have decided to host a vir­tu­al wayz­goose on Sunday 11 July from 10am–1pm BST online via the St Bride Found­a­tion Twit­ter and Ins­tagram accounts. https://twitter.com/stbridelibraryhttps://www.instagram.com/stbridefoundation We are invit­ing letterpress…

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CPHC: Way goose origins 

Art­icle from the Centre for Print­ing His­tory and Cul­ture, on the ori­gins of the word ‘wayz­goose’ to describe a print­ers’ beano.

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Pathé: Monotype Portraits

A delight­ful film of the cre­ation of Mono­type por­traits.  I can­’t remem­ber where I found the admit­tedly-poor-qual­ity image in the head­er, but I think that would have been the output. 

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The Guardian: How To Print With Letterpress

Not sure how I missed this, but a 2010 art­icle with Phil Abel of Hand & Eye Let­ter­press in the Guardian.

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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.

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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.

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Cambridge News Network: 3D Printed Letterpress Blocks

A fel­low Let­ter­press Exchange Group mem­ber, Gor­don Chester­man, has been work­ing with Print My Part to cre­ate let­ter­press blocks.  All repor­ted here on Cam­bridge Net­work. You can also see more of the blocks and Gor­don’s work on Flickr.

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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!

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Medium: Designing the letter 'Æ'

An account on Medi­um of design­ing the let­ter Æ. Head­er Image By Szom­jas­rágó at Hun­gari­an Wiki­pe­dia (Trans­ferred from hu.wikipedia to Com­mons.) [CC0], via Wiki­me­dia Commons

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Typoretum: Rainbow Inking

Short videos are rarely as sat­is­fy­ing as this!  Would love to see the end res­ult. 7 col­our rain­bow roll on our #Soldan proof­ing press dur­ing last weeks’ #let­ter­press #course 🌈💥 Vis­it https://t.co/lACVyYOpfi for more info… pic.twitter.com/lcUbgJcQQo — Typo­retum (@typoretum) July 17, 2017

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Diogo Atadini: The Art of Letterpress/Hooksmith Press

It might be because I love the top­ic, but I find let­ter­press lends itself to film.  So much to cap­ture, so many details and such a rich vari­ety of mater­i­als it’s easy to see why film makers enjoy put­ting our pro­cess on film.  Diogo Atadini has been in touch about his film of the Hooksmith…

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Wired: How letterpress printing came back from the dead

Nice art­icle from Wired com­ment­ing on the reviv­al in let­ter­press, with a focus on the role of pho­to­poly­mer in that reviv­al.  My per­son­al view is that most of those new to the craft love mess­ing about with indi­vidu­al met­al types as part of the pro­cess, rather than jump­ing to polymer.