Category Archives: typography

‘For the Love of Letterpress’ film.

A short documentary by White House Films, filmed at the Distiller’s Press in Dublin, Ireland, featuring  Jamie Murphy who is currently here at Typoretum on a 3-month Leonardo da Vinci programme placement.

Pencil to Pixel – Exhibition of artifacts & artwork from the Monotype archive.

The history of  Monotype dates back to the late 19th Century, when it introduced groundbreaking new technology that revolutionised the production of metal type for letterpress printing.  Tolbert Lanston, the inventor of this technology and founder of The Lanston Monotype Machine Company, patented this mechanical typesetting system in 1887 and introduced the first hot metal […]

The London Centre for Book Arts

The London Centre for Book Arts is an open-access book arts studio, teaching facility and exhibition space in Fish Island, Hackney Wick, in East London. The first and only centre of its kind in the United Kingdom, LCBA provides access to specialist equipment and resources, including rare and historically important pieces, along with technical and […]

‘Letterpress: something to say’ conference at the St Bride Library.

On Friday 9th November 2012, the  St Bride Library will hold its’ third letterpress conference. The previous two conferences have been sell-outs and speakers include Anthony Burrill, Catherine Dixon, Ian Gabb (RCA), Thomas Gravemaker, Dylan Kendle (Tomato), Peter Nencini, and L’automatica (Barcelona) with further contributions anticipated from Prensa Libertad (Buenos Aires) and Vista Sans Wood […]

Jules Vernacular – collector of vernacular typography & lettering.

After ‘collecting’ some examples of French signage (an example of which can be seen above) whilst on a recent holiday, I discovered the online collection of vernacular typography, lettering & signage assembled on the  Jules Vernacular website. This collection has been carefully collected and assembled by  Jack Usine and is a complementary project of  Smeltery, […]

Presstival & Whittington Press Open Day, 1st September 2012

Located five miles east of Cheltenham in the shadow of an Elizabethan manor, the family-run Whittington press (established by John Randle in 1971) will be throwing open its doors on Saturday 1st September, accompanied by Presstival, an annual event for the delectation of printing and typography enthusiasts. Pat Randle, mastermind behind the event, has printed […]

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 […]

From Sketch to Type – The Evolution of a Bauer Type Face

Extracted from a promotional booklet published by The Bauer Type Foundry, Inc. 235-247 East Forty-Fifth Street, New York. Publication date unknown. THE PRINTER has many opportunities of learning how a type is cut and cast, and it is important that he should have this knowledge. How the stage of cutting is reached, the work that […]

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