WELCOME TO LEAD GRAFFITI, a laboratory in Newark, Delaware, for all things letterpress—a place where you can do some serious experimenting, as well as playful & creative tinkering because :
- YOU BELIEVE your life needs more creative fun, adventure or collaboration.
- YOU BELIEVE have a compelling project that needs to be printed via letterpress either by your hands or ours,
- YOU BELIEVE you need a press and space to work some magic.
- YOU BELIEVE you need to fine tune your skillset, work on spontaneity or precision.
WE'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES. Staffed by Ray Nichols and Jill Cypher, Lead Graffiti straddles the worlds of a working museum and a letterpress testing laboratory. We each have a professional graphic designer's background of over 35 years. THEN we started doing letterpress. Consequently, we're always trying to push the conceptual and technical envelope to see what interesting thing letterpress can do next, looking for things that aren't like what others are doing, be it creative or technical.
- We print slowly & patiently, whether the project is a spontaneous giggle or a serious gig.
- We make books for fun, for show, and for keeps.
- Our workshops teach you almost anything about letterpress and bookmaking you need to know to get started.
- We work hard and play hard together and love to include collaborators of all ages and abilities.
- We like conceptually interesting work and we're on the lookout for good ways to break any rules that come to mind.
- We believe that because computers don't make mistakes, the random and amazing discoveries that come from working by hand just don't happen enough to design students nowadays.
- Take a look around this website and our studio. No lab coat required. Use your eyes. Every piece of equipment you see is old school. Most of our work is an attempt at new school.
NOW IMAGINE you are at Lead Graffiti, creating with incredible tools, using your hands or ours. Everything, from a postcard to a wedding invitation suite or a broadside to a book, coming out is newly made—a treasured, handcrafted keepsake to hold and remember for a long time. Explore. Experiment. Enjoy.