The good stuff 

WHETHER PRINTED OLD SCHOOL OR NEW SCHOOL, work from Lead Graffiti covers the hors catégorie as well as the more usual range of books, broadsides, certificates, and invitations.

An upcoming book on letterpress shops across the U.S. outlining 2 years of travels by Chris Fritton, The Itinerant Printer, describes Lead Graffiti like this :

"In a faceless corrugated steel warehouse in an industrial park just outside Newark, DE lies one of the most experimental letterpress shops in America, and doubtless, the world: Lead Graffiti. LG is the incorrigible, unpredictable, and uncompromising brainchild of Ray Nichols and Jill Cypher — a shop where the only rule is there are no design rules, and the thing you learn every day is that there’s always more to learn."

We couldn't have said that better ourselves.

Working with clients

When printing for you as the client, we typically use digitally-designed photopolymer plates to provide more typographic and image control for your project. We like big projects. Not necessarily in scale, but in impact. It might be 39 colors used to print a calendar, or it might be a Nobel Prize for 8th-grade students.

Working for us

Our work is often created with handset, antique wood, and metal type. We like inventing projects that have a twist that keeps them from being like anything else we've ever seen.


if you're after something more historically accurate, OR perhaps something contemporary with that letterpress je ne sais quoi, you'll find both options available at Lead Graffiti.

Honestly, sometimes they don't quite work out. But every experiment and failure can be put on our shelf of ideas to be pulled down, massaged and spread across another sheet of paper at another time. We want to get to a place where we can say, "We're glad we went there."

Sometimes it is the piece.

Sometimes it is the story.

Chris Fritton got it just right

Good to know

PROJECTS WITH A SENSE OF PERMANENCE, where the piece is a keepsake, and where possession of it makes others feel connected to you, are ideal for letterpress, whatever your style or quantity, from one of a kind to a thousand or more copies.

Help us out?

WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING for that next great portfolio-quality project, so if you have something off-beat or out of the ordinary in mind, we might be interested. Here are a few projects (in no particular order) that we would like to get a crack at:

  • limited production wine labels,
  • coasters for a particular vintage or wine tasting at a regional winery or event,
  • maybe a cool beer carton or CD cover,
  • the main typography for a Vanity Fair or Texas Monthly article
  • gala invitation for the Museum of Modern Art or the Warhol Museum
  • a project with Stefan Sagmeister / Sagmeister & Walsh / NYC or Michael Johnson / Johnson Banks / London, or Weiden + Kennedy / Anywhere

Contact us if you think you've got a contender that will at least get us closer to those goals.