Crazy Letterpress

I’m a fan of Studio on Fire’s work. Although I don’t always love the design style of their prints, their presentation is amazing, and I wish I could get a copy of their recent project, a 200-year calendar in German. The photos make it look so rich, and the typography is classic and exquisite. I’m not exactly sure how it works, but it’s gorgeous!

Closeup of the Kalendar
Look how deep those impressions are! And the great contrast between the black capitals and the gray ornament!
Full view of the Kalendar
Clean design and nice serif typeface look simply elegant!

I also like this post from the great type foundry, Hoefler & Frere-Jones, which goes beyond your basic “don’t mix fonts of the same style” and “don’t use more than two fonts” advice. I love the typographic style that’s developing lately which is demonstrated by the samples in the article, although I imagine it will look dated in a few years or a decade. Great to finally get some instructions on how to do it!

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