Being a typographic designer for most of my working life has brought me great satisfaction and pleasure. I design and produce printed pieces using handset lead type, machine set monotype, and now that I have entered the 21st century, computer-generated digital type. Even though letterpress is the mainstay of my printing methods, I use offset and laser where appropriate. The delicate shaping of texts with typefaces in various point sizes along with the judicious use of white space remains the same challenge no matter the method of reproduction. It is this working with letters, words, and text that still holds all the wonder I felt on my first day as an apprentice at The Gehenna Press in 1973.
My experience with hand setting type has made my transition to using computerized typesetting software a relatively easy one. I knew what I wanted to do on the computer - I just had to learn HOW to do it. I will not bore you with teeth-gnashing tales, but let me say that I am still a babe-in-the-woods when it comes to using PageMaker. Yet I am excited with the possibilities that computers hold for me as a designer and by making use of photo polymer plates for printing, I now am more motivated than ever to become proficient with the computer.
The following pages showcase examples of letterpress printed commercial workI have produced. You will see an array of business cards, bookplates, mailing labels, wedding invitations, birth announcements, book marks, etc. ... and even an exclusive menu for a fancy dinner. Examples of limited editions of books and custom work are not included.
It has been my pleasure to work with great clients over many years. It is to these discriminating and supportive people that I say, "Thank you for coming to Warwick Press!" Enjoy the show.