Archive for December, 2006

Anatomy of a Type Face

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Anatomy of a Type Face

Originally uploaded by mattborghi.

It’s been a couple of years since I was such a newbie that this would help me, but Flickr user mattborghi posted this diagram of a piece of metal type, and I point it out in hopes that I will save some beginner some time. See that nick? When you’re setting a line of type, all the nicks should be on one side. It’s infinitely easier to check the line of nicks to find any letter you might have inadvertently set upside-down, than to find it after you’ve inked the type.

NY Times article on letterpress

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Our friend Summervillain points out this article on letterpress in the New York Times.

(A few minutes later I would have seen Ampersand Duck’s post on it, and I might have caught it in Signal vs. Noise, which I skim, but I thank him for the heads up regardless).

Kelsey secrets

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

the pressGot some good tips on getting better results from my trusty Kelsey 5×8 from this document on the APA Letterpress site, which I found via some links in the comments in the Adventures in Letterpress blog.

Boston Bazaar Bizarre approaches

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006


And I’m actually almost done with the printing. Or at least I have it the remaining bits for the next three days planned out. It’s kind of killed me the past few weeks, but it’s also gotten me off my butt to do some of the projects that I’ve been meaning to do for a while!

I would have some photos of some of those projects right now had I not broken my camera during our trip to San Francisco this September. As it is, I will have to borrow Terri’s camera and post some things between now and Saturday so that the site isn’t quite so “under construction” when I’m handing out cards with the URL at the BB.

Anyway, if you’re in driving distance of Boston, stop by at booth 88 (to your left as you walk into the Cyclorama) and say hello!

Briar Press Redesign

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

I really like the new Briar Press site. Some of the things that were the most useful, you still have to go back to the old design for, like the press museum, the pin mark reference to help identify type faces, and the free cuts & caps. But the new design is simple, gorgeous, easy to read, fast, and I think the Yellow Pages and classifieds are a bit easier to browse & search.

By day, I’m a web developer, so I’m going to hazard a guess from the clean and logical URL scheme, and some of the slick ajaxery, that they developed it in Ruby On Rails maybe?