we’re designers. we’re printers. we’re thrilled when we get to do both! unless otherwise noted, the pieces below were designed in-house.

if you’d like a FREE sample letterpress print, shoot us an e-mail with your snail-mail address and we’ll be happy to send you one.

have a look at our studio in this video by sirna productions.

if you’re considering placing a printing order with us, please see our helpful guidelines at the bottom of this page. or just give us a call. we love to chat about letterpress printing!

letterpress

considering placing an order? it's important to remember that letterpress is an imperfect printing method — that's why it was supplanted by offset printing! this imperfection is part of the charm of letterpress. to that end, here are a few things to keep in mind:


  1. 1. large areas of solid color don't print well. this is a limitation of the number and size of the rollers on antique presses, and the high level of absorbency of the cotton-content paper used for letterpress. these issues combined result in what some letterpress printers refer to as a "salty" appearance to solid areas.


  1. 2. pantone colors are approximated, not matched. while we can come very close, pantone mixes are formulated for use in offset printing, not letterpress. in addition, since ink is added to the press by hand, there is some variation of ink coverage and color from print to print.


  1. 3. large image areas offer limited impression. we compare this with being hit by a 4x8 sheet of plywood vs. being hit by a 2x4: when an impact is spread over a larger area (the 4x8 sheet), the effect is lessened. but when impact is concentrated (the 2x4), look out! the moral of the story? if deep impression is your goal, keep your artwork limited to text, line art, light pattern, and plenty of white space.


  1. 4. large image areas result in distorted paper. even with the limited depth of impression of a larger area as described above, the impact of letterpress printing still alters the thickness of the paper. this results in a curling of the sheet, making it unlikely the printed piece will lie completely flat.


clients who submit files to be printed are required to acknowledge their receipt and understanding of the above information via e-mail or in writing.