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Exploring the Creative Limits of Letterpress with @churchoftype

On this day in 1452, Johann Gutenberg printed the very first book using a printing press with movable type. More than 550 years later, Gutenberg’s invention continues to unlock creative expression. To see more unconventional letterpress creations from Kevin Bradley, follow @churchoftype on Instagram.

Kevin Bradley (@churchoftype) has spent the past 21 years pushing letterpress to its creative limits. “It wants to be art,” Kevin says of his chosen medium, which he gravitated towards in school because he saw it as a middle ground between graphic design and fine art. Evolution, he explains, is part of his process. “I’ve tortured the space of 18”x24” in every imaginable way over the years, and moving up in size has been the key to revitalizing the entire experience.”

Kevin recently moved to Santa Monica, California, uprooting himself after nearly two decades in Knoxville, Tennessee. The change of scenery brought with it much needed creative inspiration. “There’s a lot going on here,” he says. “I’m discovering a whole community. I definitely feel as though I’m a new animal here.”

His recent works reshape the familiar forms of typography into pictures. “I approach these more as paintings than prints,” he says. “Each is one of a kind.” By constructing images from type, explains Kevin, “I am able to create layers of information that contribute to an overall narrative.”

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Deal of the week - Eveleth Letterpress Font Family - only 9$!

Eveleth is a premium high-resolution letterpress family with exceptional realism and vintage charm. It features 3 different sub-families each with its own unique printed texture. Each sub-family offers six distress options per letter and 3 options for all other characters allowing incredible control and customization. Bonus “spurs” have been included in every weight to add retro flair. Other features include a complimentary Thin weight, a shadow layer, a set of funky icons, a collection of useful shapes and emblems, and clean (non-distressed) versions. The font package includes character maps for the Icons and Shapes plus instructions for adding spurs. 

Highlights:

16 Professional Fonts

  • Made up of 3 unique sub-families, each with its own printed texture, the Eveleth collection includes 16 different fonts! With this bundle, you’ll get the following: Thin, Light, Regular, Bold, Slant Light, Slant Regular, Slant Bold, Dot Light, Dot Regular, Dot Bold, Icons, Shapes, Shadow, Clean Thin, Clean Regular, and Clean Shadow.

Uniquely Vintage

  • Eveleth isn’t just a vintage type font, it’s a heckuva lot of fun. Created by the talented folks over at Yellow Design Studio, this font family offers some extreme realism and vintage charm.

More Than Just Letters

  • The Eveleth Font Family includes more than just your basic alphabet. You’ll also get yourself a collection of really useful shapes, icons and emblems to spice up your latest projects.

Great Effects

  • Other features included in this bundle are a Thin weight, a shadow layer and even clean (non-distressed) versions. The font package includes character maps for the icons and shapes, as well as instructions for adding spurs.

Loads of Uses

  • Eveleth is so versatile, you can use it just about anywhere. Create exciting images for websites, photographs, T-shirts, brochures, signs, posters, and so much more.

To check the full deal and purchase the fonts, proceed to the Mighty Deals website!

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A New Fine Press Edition of “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman

“A holy book of the nation, along with the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence,” - poet laureate Robert Hass on Leaves of Grass

To mark their one-hundredth publication the noted fine press publisher Arion Press has chosen the 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

 Chosen in part as a tribute to the publisher’s predecessors Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, whose masterpiece was their 1930 edition of the Whitman poem.

“I thought Arion Press might do something with Whitman’s poetry that was different as to the text and yet pay tribute to the 1930 edition by using a similar format, production methods, and materials, but with a new design,” Hoyem writes in the prospectus for this new edition.

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