Category Archives: Typesetting

The Typoretum – A short film by Richard Hunter

The third in the ‘dying arts trilogy’. A quick look into the world of Justin Knopp; and what it’s like for him working in the art of traditional letterpress.

Letterpress Workers International Summit – Milan 2012

From 19th-21st April  Officina Tipografica Novepunti hosted the inaugural Letterpress Workers International Summit, an international letterpress workshop, followed by exhibition, in Milan. During the public workshop, European designers collaborated to produce letterpress work under the watchful eyes of visitors. The participants of the event were  Thomas Gravemaker,  Pete Burke,  Alexander Cooper & Rose Gridneff,  John […]

Preserving traditional Chinese printing – Mr Chang

This article has been extracted from an article on the BBC News Asia website, written by Cindy Sui and dated 1st May 2012. The movable-type printing system invented around 1040 AD helped to revolutionise the world by making books and other written material easily available. It is one of the most important inventions of mankind, […]

Silent Poster Sale – 2nd May 2012

This event is a collaboration between  St Bride Foundation and BA Graphic Design students from Central Saint Martins to fundraise both for the Library and for the 2012 Graphic Design Degree Show. Wednesday 2nd May 2012, 6.30-9.30pm, in the Bridewell Hall of the  St Bride Library. More information can be found at and

Upside Down, Left To Right: A letterpress film

A short film by  Danny Cooke about letterpress and one of the few remaining movable-type printing workshops in the UK, situated at Plymouth University, featuring Paul Collier.

‘Ink & Paper’ documentary by Ben Proudfoot

A short documentary about the  Aardvark Press, one of the last letterpress printers in Los Angeles and  McManus & Morgan Paper, Los Angeles’ oldest artist paper distributor.

Whittington Press Open Day 2011

We will returning to Whittington again this year, on Saturday 3rd September, for the annual Whittington Press open day, where we will be exhibiting our letterpress work, posters and greeting cards. We are looking forward to meeting up with old friends, fellow letterpress printers, booksellers, engravers, marblers and others who will also be exhibiting their […]

Bill’s Linotype

I couldn’t resist posting this beautifully shot and rather enchanting movie, by J. Shimon & J. Lindemann, that explores a craftsmans’ relationship with the machinery of his trade. Although this film features Bill Malley (1938-2004) and his Linotype machine, I have met a great many craftsman who, like Bill, developed a great affinity for their […]

Old English type body sizes

Prior to 1737, little standardisation existed in the sizes of printing types and typefounders cast types to their own sizes and dimensions. In this year, the Parisian typefounder Pierre Simon Fournier introduced a new system that he derived from dividing two inches of the pre-metric French foot into one hundred and forty-four equal parts. Fournier […]

How to use a Composing Stick movie

I am grateful to Johno over at We Love Typography for letting me know about this movie. Enjoy!