Artisan Press

Interesting post from Australia on what makes a good letterpress paper.

What's special about letterpress papers?

The Artisan Press uses a range letterpress friendly papers from the leading fine art paper mills across the world. Some of these mills were producing paper in the 13th century – well before the advent of the printing press! For example the Magnani mill in Italy, customers include Napoleon Bonaparte, the reigning families of Europe and the state mints of several countries. It's a little special and one touch will tell you why.

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If someone else says it, it's not bragging

The Artisan Press in NSW, Australia, have been around for over two decades and are known as one of the top Australian studios for fine letterpress stationery.  They know that not all papers are created equal and discuss which ones they like and what they look for in a paper.  They seem partial to mouldmade paper from centuries-old european mills with storied pedigrees including Magnani (Arturo, Pescia, Revere) and St Cuthberts (Somerset).

Check out their work here and, if in NSW, in person. 

A Fount of Fonts

Great article from Steven Heller, a former art director at The New York Times and a co-chair of the MFA Design Department at the School of Visual Arts.

The computer has put the word “font” into common parlance as a synonym for typeface. But ask most people, even many young graphic designers, where the word comes from, and blank stares abound. (For the record, it’s from the 16th-century French word fonte, which is derived from fonder, or “to melt,” and denotes the action or process of casting or founding.)

That is why for the past two years I have made a pilgrimage, with School of Visual Arts students, to Cornuda, Italy, a village about 40 miles north of Venice, near the Palladio-designed Villa Barbaro, to the Tipoteca, a museum devoted to the history of letterpress printing and typefaces, or fonts.

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