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WISH LIST

THERE ARE THINGS WE NEED TO GET DONE or would just like to get done. Some of it is creative dreams, sometimes janitorial. Most all of it is an invitation to get involved. We love mixing different opinions into our recipes.

List 1 : studio things

A lot of this has to do with the bookkeeping our studio stuff that would be nice to have up-to-date.

  • We need a specimen sheet (broadside) of our 36 point type. We do a short workshop for groups that would just like the minimum time investment but would love to do something that doesn't involve the computer. It is a workshop we call "quotable broadside." Everyone brings a quote, and we put together a broadside setting all of the quotes using our 36 point metal type. We'd like to print a poster showing all of those typefaces. We'll set a dozen or so characters of each font. If possible, we'd like to make it kind of cool. Here are some of our 36 point type. I believe we have 19.

Baskerville, Bell, Bodoni Bold, Euro Bold, Eve Bold, Garamond, Legenda, Melior Regular, Melior Semibold, Spartan Heavy, Stymie Regular, Stymie Italic, Tempo Sans Light, Thinline

  • We have an out-of-date spreadsheet of all of our 600 job cases but have slowly moved them around over the past couple of years. We would love to grab the laptop and go through them and update the list. The project would probably take 6 hours though you don't have to be involved in all 6 of them.
  • Redo the frisket/typmans on both of our Iron hand presses

Wish list 2 : creative things

  • Do you work for a magazine or have a good friend that does? We love hand rolling type to achieve a painterly and energetic visual quality. We would be cool to do this kind of typography for magazines. We could supply 20 examples that they could scan and then print in the standard offset litho way. We could try with Delaware Today first. Maybe being local would help. A couple of major magazines, in particular, that would be cool would be Vanity Fair, Time, The Economist, GQ, and Texas Monthly. Those are just 5 that come up fairly often in our dreams.
  • A gala event for a major museum or an important social cause, especially if we get some say in the design and believe in the cause.
  • Something for Sagmeister & Welsh that is cool. We added that cool part because I suspect they do some things that are less cool though you never get to see them. Maybe we could help put that letterpress thing into something a little less cool and make it a lot more cool. Maybe it just doesn't matter, but just to do it for them (we've done 2 other projects for them in the past). Maybe we should jump to Pentagram or someone.

Wish list 3 : Afternoon Diversions or "shorternships"

  • Print typographic broadsides without words. Jill wants to do a series of broadsides quoting well-known lines from rock 'n roll songs that don't use words. "A haw haw haw haw" that we did from ZZ Top's La Grange is a good example.
  • Why can't you repeat lines in poetry as fluidly as they do in song lyrics? Why don't more poems have a chorus in them that repeats like in a song? Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature got Ray to thinking about how lyrics and poetry and both different and alike. He wants to play with that with a broadside using the 10 repeating lines from "All These Things That I've Done" by the Killers.and to produce a sense of the audio changes happens through the words to try to make it work as a poem. We aren't sure it can be done, but we think it would be fun to try.

From "All These Things That I've Done" by the Killers.

I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier

  • Inflict visualness / something to always try to inflict
  • Unintended consequences / benefit of printing via letterpress