Letterpress – Useful Links

Artists, Designers, Practitioners

»futura«, Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 1965–1968, ZKM | Karlsruhe, 2017
© Hansjörg Mayer; Foto © ZKM | Karlsruhe

Hansjörg Mayer is a printer, art teacher and publisher living in London. His typographical experiments and publications in his edition hansjörg mayer made him into one of the most important protagonists of concrete poetry and the art of the 1960s.

Dafi Kühne’s studio, photography by Daniel Infanger. Published on Aiga Eye On Design, 2018

Dafi Kühne is a Swiss graphic designer and letterpress printer. If you haven’t already, check out The Dafi Kühne Printing Show on Vimeo for tips on innovative letterpress printing.

Karel Martens

Karel Martens is a Dutch designer and teacher. He is the founder of Werkplaats Typografie in Amsterdam. Find out more about his work on Vimeo: Dutch Profiles: Karel Martens.

Hanji Edition Book Cover

Lars Kim is a designer and letterpress printer living in San Francisco, with a research focus on Korean print and papermaking. Watch her talk on Letterform Archive: Survey of Korean Calligraphy, Typography, and Print

Studios, Archives, Forums

London Centre for Book Arts
A small artist-run organisation for all things book and letterpress. London’s only open access letterpress workshop for members.

The Type Archive
Situated in Stockwell, The Type Archive holds the National Typefounding Collection. They also host talks and exhibitions.

St. Bride Foundation
Home to the largest print and publishing library in the world, lots of talks and an incredible typography archive.

The New Typography Workshop
The New Typography Workshop is a new – hands-on – school of design & typography with letterpress at its core, run by Alan Kitching and Kelvyn Smith.

Hamilton Woodtype & Printing Museum
Hamilton Manufacturing was America’s largest and longest wood type maker. Today, their mission is to advance the understanding of our printing and design heritage by documenting, archiving and reproducing the history and images of American letterpress printing.

Globe at MICA (Maryland Institute of Art)
An incredible archive comprising the work of Globe Poster Printing Corp.. Hundreds of drawers of wood type, about 20,000 letterpress ‘cuts’, original posters and mock-ups. Lots of neon. Worth a look!

p98a is a letterpress workshop in Berlin founded by typographer Erik Spiekermann.

Letterform Archive
Based in San Francisco, Letterpress Archive is a nonprofit center for inspiration, education, and community. Lots of interesting reads, lectures and more.

Letterpress Commons
Community-run resources for all things letterpress hosted by Boxcar Press.

A History of Movable Type and The Printing press – UPrinting
A useful resource on the history of the printing press, including for example the earliest known movable type in China, woodblock printing and earliest forms of paper.