Ah letterpress . . . my favorite type of printing. While researching printers in Boston for a client I found Firefly Letterpress and watched a video about the press which was beautifully narrated by Colin Smith, a photojournalism graduate student from Boston University who pretty much says everything I have ever wanted to say about typography.
Not a dying industry but an accepted craft for which there is growing enthusiasm, letterpress is a reminder of a time when communication was proud trade existing through traditions of integrity and passion. This was a a labor of love, a craft of obsession and expertise.
As with all beautifully designed work, with letterpress there is more than just letters on a page. The beauty shines through in the labors, the pride of knowledge and the enjoyment of process and the excellence in the result.
Not to be outdone . . . what, exactly is engraving?
If you’ve ever wondered about engraving and what the difference is between engraving and letterpress I suggest you read through this site. While letterpress pushes the letterforms down and into the paper with tremendous force, engraving is more like tremendous pressure pushing the paper up and into the engraved image or words which raises the art off the page slightly creating a beautiful, sharp and formal texture to your name or logo or whatever you are having engraved.