2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

IILLU 2160 Letterpress Studio

This course introduces students to the process, terminology and context of letterpress printing. After developing a solid foundation in traditional letterpress techniques such as typesetting, inking and printing on fine papers, we begin to explore experimental techniques and applications, like pressure printing, linoleum cuts, photopolymer plates, layering colors, and combining with digital media. Our course structure is a mixture of lectures, readings, typesetting, hand-printing, design and illustration. The relationship between text and image is central to letterpress and, thus, our projects combine various artistic elements, and may include posters, broadsides, calendars, coasters, cards, fine art and finally, small books.