A Look at 5 Printers still using the Letterpress

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011


As technology has moved us to 99.99999% digital, there is a small group of people who like to use the letterpress. It is the Photoshop before, well, Photoshop, and it gives graphic designers an outlet to use a hands-on form of printing. The T Magazine blog tracks down five letterpress specialists and finds out how they work amongst the digital design landscape.

Chances are if you have gone to a wedding over the past 5 years, someone has sent you a letterpressed invitation. That is what a lot of people use the technique for these days, but we say the next you want to send an important letter, even to your tax adviser, give it an extra touch with letterpress. Get that branding on the envelope.

“People miss the hands-on experience of printing,” says Daniel Gardiner Morris, a fourth generation letterpress printer and founder of The Arm (seen above), the Williamsburg, Brooklyn studio. “Even if you don’t know anything about the process, when you pick up something that was printed on a letterpress, you know there’s something different about it. It was touched by human hands.”

Thunderwing Press in Garrison, New York:


Walk Up Press, Brooklyn:


Echo Letterpress, Jeffersonville, New York:


Campbell Raw Press, Brooklyn:



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