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calling all letterpress designers


letterpress is one of the things i hear about most from d*s readers. people want to know who's best, who has the lowest prices and who will do custom jobs for small numbers. rather than answer the same email a hundred times over i figured i would compile a comprehensive letterpress guide for the site (along the lines of my brooklyn design guide). that way people can access the guide, find out about designers in their area and learn a bit about the process and what to expect in terms of pricing. so, if you're a letterpress designer, or have a friend who is, please email me here to be considered for the guide. please include your website, location, descriptions of the work you offer (if you offer custom work please include that with average prices and your minimum order #s) and your contact information. look for the guide in early november...the cards above are mav's d*s shop design in the making

[please do not leave contact information or business info for the guide in the comment section. in the comments section i've included a list of designers already on my list. please check to see if your suggestion is already on there...]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is such a wonderful initiative! Would it also be possible to include overseas business information? I am in Australia and am having a hard time finding any letterpress printers around bere :)
I have not told you this before, but I have been reading your blog for such a long time now and I absolutely LOVE it! Thank you so very much for all the time and effort you put into this magnificent blog.

6:12 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks nancy :)

of course! i'll try to find someone and will of course include any great companies that come my way regardless of location.


7:54 PM  
Anonymous elisabeth said...

There is a brilliant press in Australia but I can't remember the name or site address! I found them a while ago and when the name pops into my head I'll pass it along.

8:40 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

just to reduce repeats, here is who i'm considering already on my own list:

Port2Port Press
Pancake and Franks
Black Pearl Press
Carrot and Stick Press
Good on Paper
Pressure Letterpress
Paper + Cup
Sesame Letterpress
Yee Haw Industries
Egg Press
Snow & Graham
Two Piglets
Just My Type
Night Owl Goods
Blue Ribbon Design
Set Edition
Greenwich Letterpress
Smudge Ink
Meg Mateo Ilasco
Celandine Paper
Bella Muse
Old School Stationers
Joy by Mel Lim
Peculiar Pair Press



8:41 AM  
Blogger xtian said...

I've been looking into this. I'm very pleased to find someone with the resources to undertake such a task. Thank you.

My particular interest is finding a letterpress outfit taking ideas from online printers who offer template offset business cards/letterhead for discount prices. I expect to pay more and hope the balance is better paper choices or colors.

That said, let me add oneheartpress in San Francisco, CA to your list. They're a printer on the other end of my spectrum.

Looking forward to the results. Good Luck.

PS. I already corresponded with Carrot and Stick, Emeryville, CA. Suzie informed me "We print only our own designs here".

12:09 PM  
Anonymous diane witman said...

How about Delphine and Pointed Press?



When will the guide be available?

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do hope this list will not be NY centric...

1:43 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


please see the above post for expected date. also, please submit suggestions via email as i requested above, thanks.


4:04 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

yes, it will be all ny. all brooklyn in fact.

of course not, silly. that's why i said i'd accept any and all suggestions.


4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Russell Sloane?

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Molly S. said...

At the Chicago Renegade Craft fair, I visited the booth of the newly-formed Golden Hen Press.
I bought some stunning cards from them. Their Web site is just a placeholder, but here's a link to their flickr page.


12:12 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

stay tuned for a post on them ;)

i ran into elaine of golden hen press at rare device and she's in the process of getting her goods ready for sale so as soon as they're good to go you'll see them here.


8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

iloveletterpress.com has a great directory of letterpress designers.

9:40 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

great resource, thanks anon!


9:45 AM  
Blogger jessica said...

Marsville Letterpress.
They did an excellent job on a custom invitation for me -- and it was a small job (50). Really a work of art. Easy to deal with and in the US we can take advantage of the good exchange rate with Canada!


2:20 PM  
Anonymous Molly S. said...

I look forward to the post on Golden Hen.

Let me suggest Emily of Emprint.net. She lives in Nebraska. She does custom work, including design. I found her through Etsy!


11:38 PM  
Blogger chai_venti said...

this post is exactly what i've been looking for... i've been online all day (obviously not working very hard) looking for personalized letterpress stationary/notecards and business cards. i can't wait to see your compilation!

2:54 PM  
Anonymous jill said...

this is brilliantly helpful! too bad we can't get something like this for everything we're interested in. thanks for doing this!

3:40 PM  

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