Being a big fan of letterpress, I turned the font I created into a printable font that could be used in the letterpress studio:
Alphabet printed using laser cut printing blocks
Laser cut files
After speaking to a technition, I realised that cutting out the fine details with the laser cutter would be impossible and a fire risk! I therefore decided to turn the image into a negative, so that the letterpress texture could be rasterised leaving the raised print.
The printed laser cut letterforms worked well. The plywood grain is noticeable aiding the font.
I also experimented using the CNC Router, however the fine detail could not be achieved.
Other experiments are lino and photo-polyer etching.
I created the original font using a repetition of 3 design parts as seen below.
Giving myself a restriction, I set about creating patterns and compositions.
An idea could be that when I creat my letterpress font i get circle and line design parts cut out so other people can construct their own patterns too.
I think it would be nice to create a tool kit of design elements for people to construct their own patterns.
I created these images by repeating and inverting existing patterns I had made.
Brief: Produce a font that is relevant to the letterpress studio than can be processed to be used as a working font in the studio. I thought it only fitting to continue my development of the b a t h letters and develop a whole font since it had been inspired by wooden letterpress textures and it was based on bath. You can see the previous work here
The image below demonstrates the letterpress block height. The next stage would be to reduce the cap height. Use other “o” shape. Use more textures. Letters: c, e, k, s, v, x, z need developing and improving.