An event where graphic designers from rivals Cleveland and Pittsburgh competed to see which team could create the best letterpress art prints. Organized with AIGA Cleveland and AIGA Pittsburgh.
Cranky Workshop Certificate
Detail shot of a certificate given to folk who took part and completed one of the Cranky Pressman letterpress workshops. Design and illustration by Oliver Barrett.
Letterpress printing party thrown for local designers and friends. The event took place at the same time as the annual hotrod show in Salem, Ohio. Print design done in collaboration with Todd Wendorff.
How Magazine Cover
Social networking is just modern PR. Cranky Pressman was thrilled to get some good old fashioned press in How Magazine. Many thanks to Joseph Hughes.
Letterpress A to Z on Instagram
Title shot for #LetterpressAtoZ This was a 3-month series on Instagram and Facebook where we shared with potential customers informative and fun posts about letterpress basics and terminology. The campaign got a lot of attention and brought in new followers.
B is for brayer.
#LetterpressAtoZ This Instagram series was created on-the-fly with help on printing, setups and photography by intern Cameron Crosby.
C is for composing stick.
#LetterpressAtoZ A composing stick is a tool used to begin the process of picking and composing movable lead type to be printed.
D is for dead line.
#LetterpressAtoZ The term deadline comes from the old newspaper business. Any copy that came in that did not fit within the available printing area on the press did not make the deadline.
H is for halftone.
#LetterpressAtoZ Halftones are when a photo or toned image is broken down into dots to be used for printing reproduction. Halftones are more commonly used with finer offset lithography than letterpress. We hope these sorts of tips help educate our social media audience.
T is for type high.
#LetterpressAtoZ To print properly all letterpress plates, wood and metal type must be .918" in height which is called type high.
V is for Vandercook.
#LetterpressAtoZ Originally used for pulling proofs, Vandercook flat bed presses are now mainly used in letterpress studios for short run art prints such as small posters and broadsides.
Y is for yellow yak.
#LetterpressAtoZ We could not come up with a single letterpress printing term for the letter Y so we got our intern @cameron_crosby to have some fun with making a print. I think it is a rather fine rendition of a yellow yak.
Z is for zero in a zig-zag border.
#LetterpressAtoZ The Instagram series ended with a graphic title card the studio designed, printed and photographed. We will be revisiting the series in the future on various online and print media.
April Fools post from Cranky Pressman. We told people that we had invented a hybrid digital and traditional letterpress process that would eliminate some of the problems that exist in the old-time method. A few people thought it was real.
Quick little letterpress piece done for the #GoVote non-partisan online social media effort. Always go vote.
Pants letterpress art print.
One of a series of 3 prints done for a letterpress art show held at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH.
Don't come creeping Halloween.
Hand-set letterpress print done by Cranky Pressman to wish his social media followers a Happy Halloween.
Letterpress Specimens Print
Hand-printed letterpress piece done for an insect-themed art show organized by Artistic Engraving Company. The process and individual bugs were shared on social media to extend the series further.
Blue Picker Dragonfly (detail)
Detail from the Letterpress Specimens art print that was created for Cranky Pressman to share with his friends and followers on the social networks.
Gutenberg Letterpress Bookmark
Cranky Pressman took part in a Day of the Dead event organized by AIGA Cleveland. Appropriately, we created a tribute to our favorite dead printer. A small letterpress was set up and designer partygoers could print their very own bookmark. The backs were branded from Cranky.