We like encouraging design students to push against the standard rules, expecially the one about not using more than 3 typefaces on a page. Also we aren't generally in favor of white space. Like the fact that there is too much space between this text and the headline.

We like encouraging design students to push against
the standard rules, expecially the one about not using
more than 3 typefaces on a page. Also we aren't
generally in favor of white space. Like the fact that there
is too much space between this text and the headline.

 

Dirty hands no. 1
Creative letterpress workshops

YOU BRING YOUR CREATIVE LIFE EXPERIENCES; we'll handle the technical part and the grunt work. Give letterpress a try just for fun. Chose from 4 different creative workshops that let your artistic license out for a spin. Click here for our workshop calendar or contact us to request a date for your group's retreat, out-of-class class experience, or just an infusion of possibility.

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Option no. 1 :  Meander book

USEFUL AND POPULAR with students of design, typography, writing, and history, this workshop also makes a surprising business or departmental retreat option for team building. You will see a density of problem-solving effort of up to 14 people compressed into one piece. And this particular book format lends itself quite easily to other portfolio and professional needs.

Starts with a studio tour and a brief history talk with samples. Design & handset your page, keyboard & cast your name in hot metal for your book, print your book covers on a hand-cranked press, print your 2-color text pages on an automatic press, and finish with hand binding 3 copies of your 14-page, portfolio-worthy book to take away.

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Option no. 2 : H.N. Werkman druksels

THIS IS SPONTANEOUS, COLORFUL FUN for children (as young as 8 with minimal adult help), families, clubs, design students and professionals. A super first-week-of-the-semester class, this workshop enables students to see letterforms as shapes with immense visual potential versus just words.

A brief studio tour, historical talk on the man and his process with samples leaves plenty of time to tinker. With 5 different presses to rotate between, you can express your imagination with shapes and color as fast as you can ink them up. 

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Option no. 3 : Quotable broadside

IN DEMAND BY design-typography-writing-history classes and clubs, this half-day, collaborative workshop also makes a brief retreat option for business professionals. Get your hands on a little type, add a dash of experimentation, and print with conviction.

Pick your theme and let everyone bring a short quote (up to 50 characters) to set by hand while including a visual twist. Load your lines into the press and print your own 3 copies as keepsakes.

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Option no. 4 : Holiday card printing workshops

HOLIDAYS MAKE a good opportunity for connecting to friends and family with a made-just-for-you card. 

Two popular themes are Christmas and New Years, and Valentine's Day. We've also done drink coasters for St. Patrick's day. Check our workshop calendar for a month or so before the holiday. If you are interested in one that isn't listed, click here to suggest a topic or a date. We'll see what we can do.