Letterpress Digest: A Podcast About Letterpress Printing
By Jordan Berry
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In the “Letterpress Digest” podcast, novice printer Jordan Berry talks about all things letterpress with some of the most influential and experienced artists, designers, and printers who are using letterpress printing today. You’ll hear guests talk about the resurgence of letterpress and their first printing press as well as numerous helpful and practical tips like how people launched their letterpress business, what type of ink they use, how they found their printing press, how to design for letterpress, and many more. There will also be some fun and entertaining stories along the way, all centered around letterpress.
||Clean013 // Andrew Steeves. Gaspereau Press.||Andrew Steeves gets a bit philosophical on us as we discuss the inner workings of letterpress printing, publishing, and more! So much wisdom shared in only 1 hour.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012 // Jen Farrell. Starshaped Press.||Jen is the proprietor and creative entrepreneur at Starshaped Press. She's been printing like it's 1929 since 1999 and is one of the foremost artists/printers pushing the fold to creatively use old type in new and energizing ways. Jen rocks!||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011 // Paul Moxon. Vanderblog.||Paul Moxon runs the Vanderblog @ vandercook.info and travels around teaching folks about Vandercook presses while also helping to repair them. He's got experience in mechanics, history, and the arts and shares a lot during this hour-long conversation.||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010 // Britt Rohr. Swell Press.||Britt Rohr is the Master of Quoin. She runs a custom letterpress shop called Swell Press Paper Co. in Los Angeles and her forte is watercolor dip-dye and deep impressions.||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009 // Steve Varvaro. Southpaw Printers.||Paper. Steve Varvaro has over 30 years in the paper business. We spend the hour talking about all things paper and how it applies to letterpress, including the difference in text vs. cover, paper weights, thickness, finish, grain, and so much more.||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008 // Adrian Ramos. Ramco Roller.||In this episode, Adrian Ramos of Ramco Roller gives us the rundown on all things rubber, including some history of letterpress rollers, the superball, and even the option for strawberry-scented rubber rollers (what?!?).||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007 // Erin & Andrew. Pressing On.||Erin Beckloff & Andrew Quinn created a documentary about letterpress printing called Pressing On. Hear about the multi-year process, from kickstarter to its debut at Hatch Show Print.||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006 // Eli Epstein. Union Press.||Eli is half printer/half designer and fantastic and educating people on letterpress. You'll learn so much in this episode, with a few laughs along the way.||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005 // Micah Whitson. The Old Try.||Designer and entrepreneur Micah Whitson talks about starting his business, The Old Try, and how he designs and sells letterpress prints. He does not, however, print them himself... hear him explain why in his own words.||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004 // Harold Kyle. Boxcar Press.||Most letterpress printers have heard of or use a Boxcar Base and clear photopolymer plates. Harold Kyle, Boxcar's president, talks about how those came about, his affinity for moving large presses, and so much more.||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003 // Jim Moran. Hamilton Wood Type Museum.||Hamilton Wood Type is a ubiquitous name in letterpress printing. Hear Jim Moran, the Hamilton Wood Type museum director, talk about the company's history how they preserve that legacy today.||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002 // Brian Allen. The Artisan Printer.||Who else has a font designed for Microsoft based on their handwriting? Brian Allen does. Hear him talk about the letterpress progression through the most recent decades and and his love for type.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001 // Jessica White. Ladies of Letterpress Co-founder.||Hear how Jessica White, co-founder of Ladies of Letterpress, snuck in her university studio at midnight to print letterpress for the first time. She also talks about her first press, learning to print, and flying planes.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean000 // Let's talk shop. Letterpress Digest Introduction.||Welcome to the first episode of Letterpress Digest, a podcast by Jordan Berry about all things letterpress. Jordan is a novice printer and will talk to the experts to hear exciting stories, gather helpful tips, and just "talk shop".||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Fantastic for novices and pros!
Letterpress printer myself having fallen in love with the process in college a decade ago. Love hearing the origin stories of the printers Jordan interviewers being sucked into the rabbit hole of the medium, and similar backgrounds (I am a former Hatch intern, Midwest grad school).
Great perspective from Jordan who makes it accessible to those unfamiliar or new to the medium, while giving great insight and tips for amateurs and pros!
Really digging this podcast
Letterpress is a passion of mine and I am thoroughly enjoying hearing interviews of people I know and continually learning little snippets of info that I can use in my own studio. Keep up the good work!
Letterpress is so diverse, and Jordan has created a great podcast framed through reflections of a novice (like me) that takes us on a journey across lots of topics in the field. His guests are well informed and make you excited to dive deeper into the letterpress community. This is an important podcast for letterpress beginners like me to help absorb information from those who have paved the way. Keep it up!