Letterpress Workers

Letterpress Workers is an initiative created in 2012 by Officina Tipografica Novepunti. Since then, an international group of print designers from European and American countries meets in Milan once a year. It is an artist residency during which the participants, using movable type and a printing press, tackle a shared theme. The workshop is open to the public to introduce letterpress printing by encouraging visitors and designers to interact. Guided tours for schools, lectures and exhibitions are also planned. The final works are then collected to produce a travelling exhibition, accompanied by a book documenting them and exploring their connection to the assigned theme.

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     78,32

    The freedom, detached from pre-established models, the skill of the artisans and their creativity make the Italian signs truly extraordinary. In the book L’italia Insegna, James Clough examines them from a historical-aesthetic perspective and critically illustrates the best and worst sides of this unique expression of applied art.

    Jost Hochuli, one of the best known and most appreciated Swiss graphic designers, explains in his essay Il dettaglio in tipografia, how to ensure the best possible experience for readers. To do so, he introduces us to the world of typographical detail or microtypography and analyzes one by one its constituent elements: letter, space between letters, word, space between words, line, line and column of text.

    The edition Fear, finally, through a visual narrative choral, collects the work of the international conference of typography held every year in Milan, «Letterpress Workers». The text explores the sociocultural aspects, starting with the graphic design, freely inspired by the work of the Dutch designer Willem Sandberg, who with his human and professional example has embodied the very spirit of this edition of the conference.

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    In addition to the regular (book-only) edition, we present this deluxe edition, which includes a portfolio of 25 original letterpress prints. These compositions were individually printed in response to the new common theme of ‘hope’, which followed the 2016 theme of ‘fear’ in 2017. Each year, the participants carry out their chosen theme in two stages: during the group art residency and, later, with each person’s individual work in their own studio. Opposite/complementary themes are chosen to create tension and find balance. The deluxe edition of the Letterpress Workers volume shows these two moments together.

    Texts by Simona Borzacchiello, Claudio Madella, Fabrizio Radaelli
    Art direction by Claudio Madella
    Book design by Fabrizio Radaelli, Giacomo Silva

    19 × 22 cm
    90 pages
    33 images + 25 typographical prints
    Bodoni-style hardback
    Italian/English
    First published December 2017

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    Fear EN/IT

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    The idea behind the Letterpress Workers project, the now customary international meeting of typographical designers held every year in Milan, is that graphic design should play an active role within society and thus also speak of the drives that run through it. In the 2016 edition, the concept of fear was addressed.

    The book, through a choral visual narrative, brings together the works resulting from this association and explores its socio-cultural implications, starting with the graphic design, freely inspired by the work of Dutch designer Willem Sandberg, whose human and professional example embodied the very spirit of this edition of the conference.

    Texts by Simona Borzacchiello, Claudio Madella, Fabrizio Radaelli
    Art direction by Claudio Madella
    Book design by Fabrizio Radaelli, Giacomo Silva

    19 × 22 cm
    90 pages
    33 images (16 artworks)
    Bodoni-style hardback
    Italian/English
    Isbn 978-88-98030-22-4
    First published June 2017