Hexagonal woodtype

We’re always looking for opportunities to move letterpress forward and a recent project with Greenspace presented a chance to rethink the conventions of moveable type by creating a hexagonal woodblock system.

The blocks, named ‘AHP Six’, are a modular set that can be tessellated to create letterforms, borders, patterns or any variety of outcomes. Expertly laser-cut from maple by Thomas Mayo, the hexagonal blocks contain several different shapes and patterns making for a range of textures and effects. The project was commissioned for a David Chipperfield- and Karakusevic Carson-designed residential development near us in Hoxton and we are looking forward to using the blocks in the upcoming workshops with Shoreditch Park Primary School (as well as in our public classes and experimenting with it ourselves!)

New New North Press

As you can see we have a fantastic new website (which we hope will be more functional and current than its predecessor). A big thank you to Mark Pavey for his expertise and patience.

We also have new work to share in the shape of our huge new Under Pressure print, case studies of Commissions such our Guinness harp branding and Projects like our In Your Hands children’s workshops.

Anyone in a festive mood can find plenty of Christmas cards and – the present everyone wants to receive – Introduction to Letterpress gift vouchers for which we now have 2017 dates on our Classes page.

Interrobang

large_33870b4a-b1f4-43f7-b6f5-65dc33606119Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft’s Interrobang exhibition of international letterpress has now closed but we would highly recommend getting hold of a copy of the beautiful Random Spectacular journal that accompanied the show while they last.

Interrobang journal includes all of the work from the exhibition plus some great articles and opinions on the current state of letterpress.

Simon Lewin from St Judes, who published the journal, has also written about a few of his favorite prints from the show on Grafik.

Big Steam Print

On Saturday we made our largest ever print using a steamroller! We were thrilled to be invited by Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft to take part in the second stage of their Big Steam Print event at the London Transport Museum depot, Acton. It was great to share the excitement for printing with everyone who came. Our print – artwork based on a letterpress forme cut and into linoleum – will be exhibited with all the other steamroller-printed work at Phoenix Brighton from 6th – 21st August 2016.

Past and future meet

nnp_projects_test1We’re proud to announce A23D, our 3D-printed letterpress font which will be launched at the V&A as part of London Design Festival. We will be giving talks and screening a film about the project, as well as a printing demonstration of the font in use.

A23D has been designed by renowned type designers A2-Type and fabricated by specialist model makers Chalk Studios. Adrian Harrison’s fantastic short film charts the project’s course, from initial designs to the font’s first use in the limited edition A23D specimen posters.

Chelsea lasercut letterpress font

bodoni_laser_cut_typeface-cutlasercut-thumbnailNew North Press founder Graham has been an external letterpress tutor for first year BA Graphic Design Communication students at Chelsea College of Arts since 2002.

In a project initiated by course leader Nigel Bents, assisted by Paul Oakley and Jonny Holmes, the students designed ornamented letterforms, a selection of which were produced as a lasercut letterpress font. The letters were cut from 3mm plywood then mounted to blocks to make them type high. The finished font will live at New North Press as a new member of our type library.