Letterpress
       
     
Exercise 1, Text Block
       
     
Exercise 2, Valentine
       
     
Systems & Details
       
     
Promotional Pieces
       
     
Typefaces Featured
       
     
Project Summary
       
     
Thesis Poster
       
     
Letterpress
       
     
Letterpress

Ironically, it was through the art of letterpress and old-fashioned typesetting, that I truly began to understand the fundamentals of web-based typography. Typography, like code, is a system. Every element is thoughtful, intentional, and created to work together.

Exercise 1, Text Block
       
     
Exercise 1, Text Block

My first experience setting type. Lessons centered around understanding measurements like points and picas to properly space with leading.

Exercise 2, Valentine
       
     
Exercise 2, Valentine

Neutral Milk Hotel Lyric set in 30 pt Arrighi, with ornamental border.

Systems & Details
       
     
Systems & Details

This Arrighi font beautifully showcases a swash that breaks the bounding box! If this were code, what would happen? Well, luckily side bearings (which exist in metal type), also extend to digital typography.

Promotional Pieces
       
     
Promotional Pieces

I took my love for old type and created a series of buttons featuring fonts from the nineteenth century. This project was inspired by the TJ Lyons Collection at MassArt in Boston.

Typefaces Featured
       
     
Typefaces Featured

L; Skjald, Y; #183 (name unknown), O; Tuscon Extended, N & S; Bradley

Project Summary
       
     
Project Summary

Here’s a short description I wrote (and set in 11pt type) about a relating project— The Letterpress Puzzle.

Thesis Poster
       
     
Thesis Poster

This poster design combines old-school letterpress and new-school Adobe Photoshop. I printed the headline (Toys for Typography) on a Vandercook letterpress at MassArt, in black ink on white paper. Once dry, I scanned to digital, slightly increased the size, altered the color, and arranged into a poster. This method allowed the rough-beauty of old wood type to shine through in it’s most natural form (without being restricted to paper-size constraints of the letterpress).