trip print press

by Grace Bonney

One of my favorite things to do is watch a skilled craftsperson at work. Whether it’s weaving, woodcarving or pottery, watching someone do something that requires skill and patience makes me appreciate great design even more. This video from Trip Print Press shows the making of a series of business cards and has an almost hypnotic quality to it. I’ve always found the sounds of letterpress machines both calming and exciting, so I hope you’ll enjoy this glimpse into the process and design behind a finished set of cards. Thanks to Matt at Brought To You By films for sharing this with us, and Nicholas at Trip Print Press for the great work. xo, grace

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  • Man. What an inspiring way to start the day. I got to do some letterpress for the first time this year, and I have a whole new respect for the precision a pressman must execute every day. I’m so glad he talked about the importance of touching your work; having a tactile object or “transforming the paper” as he called it. I think there’s something in the spirit that really longs for that, to know you can create something that stirs the soul, that is changed by your touch. I guess that is something that I always leave this blog feeling encouraged by, so thank you once again.

  • It was love at first sight the first time I saw a letterpress machine in action. Such a well shot video!

  • How cool. I wish there were such things as letterpress cafes to lounge around in for extended periods of time on Saturday mornings. Now that would be fun!

  • Oh, heavenly! Quality tags / packing etc. do indeed transform a product, even if the product itself was superb already, but them finishing touches, yum:) x x x

  • Talk about press-porn! I am just getting back into printmaking so the letterpresses we have are just tabletop models, the one he has is a whole other beast! I think I’m in love…


  • We need a letterpress alarm clock!! I love that sound. There is something about just holding letterpress in your hands, but to watch it being made is another experience entirely.

  • My grandfather worked for a printing press, doing the typesetting and running the printing machine. When the company invested in newer technology, it wasn’t to long after that my grandfather was forced into retirement before he was ready. I always remember the smells of the inks and oils and the metal of the machines.