If you haven’t already heard the news, I have spent the last half of this summer working on getting the little Golding Pearl no. 1 letterpress I recently acquired back into working order. She’s a great little 5×8 platen press, but in definite need of some TLC! If you are interested in following my efforts to restore her, or just like looking at nicely letterpressed objects, check out the Tumblr page I set up over at Thrill of the Chase Letterpress.
I’m a little behind on posting inspiration, so I thought that I would try and make a regular habit of posting links in a weekly post rather than posting them willy-nilly as they come up in my feed-reader. It’s hard to narrow down all of the items I’ve noted lately, but figure this is a start…even if some of them have already made the blog rounds.
I’ll start with an aside: my friends and I have started a Fantasy Olympics to root for the underdogs this year. The goal was to pick a country to root for that isn’t already in the top 10 medal-winning countries. Since the Czech Republic was already taken, I went with Austria. As you can see on Gavin’s blog for the event, I’m already in the top third or so! “The hills are aliiiiive with the sound of medaaaaals!” (cheesy, I know…) Who are you rooting for?
Oh, to own a press!
- iLT has had a couple great posts about letterpress lately â€”Getting Started and also some good inspiration in his past couple of http://ilovetypography.com/2008/07/21/sunday-type-napkin-type/
- Joie Studio posted a great series on Learning How to Letterpress (via Poppytalk)
You know I have a soft spot for the Germans, so here are a few German/linguistics related items
- Etsy posted an insider’s look to Berlin’s vintage stores/flea markets that made me homesick for my favorite city.
- If you can’t go to Berlin, Poppytalk posted a great way to bring Berlin to you with some sweet wallpaper.
- Grain Edit has a great post pointing you to German and Swiss Modern Book Design
- And this Guess the Accent game is just fun (via Coudal)
And finally, Marion Bantjes + bringing out of print books back to market = amazing design. (via Coudal)
(seriously, I’m in love with her work and am just jealous I didn’t make it big first)
Whew! What a great week: a fun trip followed by some good family time! I’ll post more about my vacation later this week, but first I wanted to share some goodies that were waiting for me in my rss feed when I got home…
My favorite studio here in KC had a great write-up last week on Design*Sponge. Hammerpress is a local letterpress shop that does some amazing concert posters, wedding invites, etc. I love their bold typography and use of color, but most importantly, they have a great waste-not philosophy that I can really get behind. I would kill to work there, but have settled on admiring fan in the meantime. They have an awesome new space that is open to visitors during the First Friday Art Walks if you’re in the area.
(Thanks, too, to Bess over at cre-a-tiv-i-ty for helping to spread the word.)
There are no words to describe the excitement felt when I saw this posted in Coudal Partners Blend. I remember taping the re-mastered Metropolis off of Turner Classic Movies when they released it when I was in high school. Then, while minoring in German in collage, I was able to take a class on German film history. I was already an old movie buff, but I quickly became a huge fan of German Expressionist films: particularly those of Lang. His use of lighting! The underlying political commentary! I think M is one of my favorite films, but Metropolis is a close second…if only because we’ve only seen the bits and pieces that survived. (Incidentally, the original posters for both films are pretty amazing.) I quickly calculated how long it could be before they digitally re-master this copy they found, and only hope someone discovers the original before too long.