This book presents an overview of the convergence of traditional letterpress with contemporary digital design and fabrication practices.
Reflecting on the role of letterpress within the emergent hybrid post-digital design process, contributors present historical and contemporary analysis, grounded in case studies and current practice. The main themes covered include the research on letterpress as a technology and medium; a reflection on the contribution of letterpress to arts and design education; and current artistic and communication design practice merging past, present and future digital fabrication processes.
This will be of interest to scholars working in graphic design, communication design, book design, typography, typeface design, design history, printing, and production technologies.
The Seven Lives of a Typeface: Material and Immaterial Convergences
1. Appropriating printing
2. Orlando Erasto Portela: relations between the creative process
and letterpress printing methods of an (almost) unknown designer from the mid-twentieth century
3. The Mark on The Wall
Ane Thon Knutsen
Part 2: Education
Poiesis and purpose: lessons in making
4. The role of the letterpress workshop
Rúben Dias & Sofia Meira
5. From letterpress to screen: Learning from a modular type system
Roberto Gamonal Arroyo and Andreu Balius Planelles
6. PDLPX: The Post-digital Letterpress Print Exchange. Methodological Innovation in the exploration of contemporary letterpress practice
7. Letterpress experiments in a design course
Part 3: Practice
The Rising Letters – Seven criteria for the typographic design of a letterpress archive
Jorge dos Reis
8. Digital Fabrication: Expanding Access to and Preservation of Letterpress Printing
9. Resisting Hyper-Digitalization Investigating Hybrid-Practices in Contemporary Graphic Design
10. Computational Design Letterpress: from procedural programming to modular printing
Pedro Amado and Ana Catarina Silva