New: Storybook letterpress wedding invitation.

Exciting news: Storybook is now available in lovely letterpress at Minted! As part of Minted's inaugural line of custom letterpress wedding designs, the Storybook suite includes invitations, response cards, directions cards, information inserts and folded thank you cards.

Be sure to check out the full collection - there are some gorgeous designs by talented folks like Alethea and Ruth, Lauren Chism, Annie Clark, R Studio, Kristen Smith, Moglea, Root Beer Float, Penelope Poppy, Wondercloud Design, Unless Someone Like You, Ann Gardner, The Social Type, Olive and Violet, Paper Dahlia, Teresa Lang, and Jennifer Wick.

London + San Francisco.

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What a beaut! As a former Londoner and current San Franciscan, I fell in love with this amazing piece that connects the skylines of both cities. It's Turner Duckworth's 2009 holiday card, printed by SF-based Dependable Letterpress. I wanted to hang it on my wall so badly that I asked TD for a print, and they were kind enough to send two!

Your Life Work.

I was cruising Youtube for videos on Linotype machines (latest obsession), but I'm so glad I found this awesome vocational film instead!

The jaunty narrator extols the art of mass media printing (number four of the "nation's great industries," in case you were wondering). He covers several job descriptions within the printing firm, and takes us on a tour of many exciting departments such as the composing room, the proof platen and large rotary presses, the lovely lady-proofreaders, and the blokes of the lock-up. Most fascinating is the footage of the Linotype and Monotype machines.

Side note: during my last year at college, I worked at the Daily News Record in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I performed the most menial paste-up tasks in the "Composing Room," and never fully understood what "composing" meant. I thought it referred to the staff writers who "composed" their lyrical headlines. But now I know, thanks to "Your Life Work"!

Legopress.

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The marriage of Lego and letterpress is way too exciting for me, since recently I've been refining both my letterpress skillsand my Lego-building (Tyler and I have been working on a Prince of Persia fortress).

Samuel Cox and Justin LaRosa of Physical Fiction have printed some fantastic posters on their Vandercook, using single Lego squares instead of type or plates. I wouldn't be surprised if they sell out quickly, so get 'em while they're hot!

Photos courtesy of Physical Fiction.

We made a poster.

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This past weekend I took part in a small group letterpress sesh at the Levi's Workshop on Valencia. Together we printed a crazy hand-set typographic poster, comprised of words, phrases, and quotes. Since it just happened to be the 5-year anniversary of the day I fled Katrina and my beloved New Orleans, I paid a li'l tribute to NOLA by printing: "How's ya mom an'em!"

Photos by Colin Smith (distortedperspective.com)