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Guest Speaking at CSU — Upper Level Typography Class

I had the pleasure of being a guest lecturer for a typography-based graphic design class at CSU, recently. This was my first guest speaking appearance at a university and from my understanding my babbling — which I now call Tangent Talking — wasn't half bad. Bringing in several fonts of wood type to the class I thought it would bring the relationship of typography of today with the old ways right into focus for the young students. I set up a demo and and even did some trivia with giveaways for anyone who had the right guess to the letterpress-related questions...

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New Press on Dogs & Stars — Hero Media Arts

Check it out! Hero Media Arts has posted a nice, little piece on Dogs & Stars. Click here for the more pics and to read it on their site.  In a world that gets more technologically focused by the day, it’s refreshing to learn about others who are going back to their industrial roots. Brian Wood, owner of Dogs and Stars Letterpress and Design, in Lafayette Colorado, has always had a love for the designs of yesterday; old muscle cars, rusting signage, and vinyl. And what designer with a love for type and all things built-to-last wouldn’t also have a...

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Podcast: Good Life Project — Letterpress Workshop

The host takes a letterpress workshop as a way of getting in touch with a tactile, hands-on experience. Sound like fun — click here for the Dogs & Stars workshop page  Click here to listen to the podcast. "As the world has gone digital, we feel pain. Sure, there are benefits to an electronic existence, but truth is, we are wired to experience life in a more tactile, touch-driven way. Pinching, sliding and tapping screens doesn’t cut it. We need to touch, create, make and build with our hands, bodies and tools, working with materials in three-dimension. Right now, that...

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Countdown to the Hamilton Wayzgoose!

Now in its ninth year, the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum annual Wayzgoose Type Conference hosts designers, printers, typographers and letter geeks of all stripes from across the globe. Register to join us for November 3, 4 and 5, 2017. This year we have some spectacular speakers, including Gail Anderson, Jonathan Hoefler, Brian & Kim French, Brad Vetter, Carolyn Porter, Julie Sola, Jenny Wilkson, Patterson Clark and more! Check here for the Wayzgoose schedule and see more about the speakers here.______________Last time I was at Hamilton it was for the APA Wayzgoose that was hosted there. Same great location, but a different event as the folks putting it on were from the APA...

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2 Great Letterpress Events — Friday Oct. 13

OPEN STUDIO/ART SHOW at Furniture Creative Co-workingGenghis Kern is hosting a happy hour on Friday to show off the work of visiting artist Brad Vetter from Lexington, KY. Brad is in town hosting a workshop for the Letterpress Depot - there is still time to sign up! - and will have his posters on display Friday night from 5-7:30.www.furniturecoworking.com  OPEN STUDIO at Sweet LetterpressFriday, October 13th — 5-9pm237 Coffman Street, between 2nd and 3rd{ In the carriage house, behind the main brick house } Free beer while it lasts!www.sweetletterpress.com

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The L.A. Printers Fair

I've always wanted to go to the LA Printer's Fair — seems like my kind of event!For the last couple of years I have asked my LA friends to go and scope out letterpress goodies from the fair. I've gotten some great type and cuts as well as discovered some great resources thanks to my friends reconnaissance.  There's a fun little article on it here: http://laist.com/2017/10/06/la_printers_fair.phpFull article text from the laist.com: Newspapers and magazines have been shuttering their print editions almost as quickly as you can say “pivot to video,” but print’s not dead quite yet—at least not if the International Printing Museum can help it. The old-school Carson...

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Windmill Press Move!

Press moving day is always an adventure. First, you often are meeting new, wonderful people. The folks who made this move happen and anyone I've ever met in a letterpress situation is someone I immediately like and who will likely become a friend for life. This press move was no exception. Ron, the mover, Tom the awesome guy who gave us the 2 presses and my friend, Jason. All great people and integral in getting the press from point A to my shop.Second, the actual moving is always a feat involving problem solving, quick thinking and a little brawn at...

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New Press! A Windmill will be the Newest Addition

For years I have dreamed of having a Heidelberg Windmill in my shop and this weekend dreams are coming true! I kind of have to pinch myself to see if this is really happening. And how, honestly, it fell into my lap. Not all 2800lbs, but the equivalent in happiness, at least. Back in June a friend approached me with an idea — to trade my Golding for their Windmill. While there are a host of arguments for and against, I went with my gut feeling and held on to my press and let this one go. Turns out that...

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Letterpress Pop Up Event — Book Arts League x Museum of Boulder

What fun! The Museum of Boulder asked us at the Book Arts League to set up a pop up letterpress event at their historic location on the Hill in Boulder. The Museum has over 3000 cuts in its permanent artifact collection — all of which were donated by the Daily Camera. There were so much historical and weirdly interesting cuts we were over the moon about what to print. And what some of the various images were and could have been used for is anyone’s guess. From art deco abstracts to mountain scenes to shifty characters to ornate borders to church announcements and songs — we had...

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Pop Up Letterpress Exhibit + Class — Sept. 9

This Saturday, September 9th I'll be printing some vintage Boulder-related cuts at the Boulder History Museum. The museum has a fantastic collection from the Daily Camera and I'm super pumped to check out the collection and print some awesome pieces of Boulder history. Pop Up Letterpress Exhibit in partnership with the Book Arts League +Learn the basics of letterpress +Peruse the Museum's collection of Daily Camera printing plates and learn about the Daily Camera's printing over the years +Learn how to print using a tabletop press, historical plates, and wooden type +Leave with a few of your own prints! +Check out the...

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New Product! Letterpress .918 Hat

You know the number! .918 — also called Type High — is the standard height of American wood and metal type. Also any cuts, borders or ornaments. If it's the right height, it's fit to print.FREE SHIPPING!Click here to order one today.

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New Letterpress-Style T-Shirt!

I'm excited to announce the begging of a letterpress-themed line of t-shirts. This is the first design of several to come! Click here for the Men's version.Click here for the Women's version.  

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Blog Slog

I set myself up for the blog challenge and just as I always say, it's hard to stay on top of it. This doesn't really count as a post, but it's something.

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Antique Stores as The Occasional Letterpress Find and a Brief History of My Skateboarding Career

The first time I went into a thrift store I was in 9th grade. At the time I was a recovering sports-playing, kind-of-popular kid. I was shedding that identity and ended up taking up with the skater kids, who also were talented artists as well. This was the 90s and tiny skate board wheels had come into fashion as had insanely huge pants and shorts. But so were vintage work shirts — at least among this crew. I traded in my beloved Hard Rock Cafe shirt for a thin, light blue button up work shirt with name "Bob" embroidered on it....

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Tons of New Work Up!

Custom Design Greeting Cards Save the Dates Stationery Weddings

It's been a minute since I have had the chance — and motivation — and right weather and lighting conditions to update the portfolio portion of the website. While I'm about 2/3 complete with adding all of the projects I'm super happy with the way things are turning out. It's a trip down memory lane revisiting all of the projects I've worked on over the last several months. There's a wide range of custom letterpress projects from existing and new clients and a bunch of "just for fun" and limited edition works added too.

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