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Double Dagger: Issue 1 - Letterpress Printing in the Digital Age

Double Dagger

Double Dagger: Issue 1 - Letterpress Printing in the Digital Age



Published, edited & printed by Nick Loaring and Pat Randle from The Whittington Press, Summer 2016

Double Dagger, which has been printed letterpress on a 1970’s Heidelberg Cylinder SBB entirely from hot-metal, wood and laser-cut type, is a 12 printed page newspaper examining the role of letterpress printing in todays digital world.

The ability of the Monotype Caster, invented by Tolbert Lanston at the end of the eighteenth century, to produce individual hot-metal characters at a rate of three per second in justified or unjustified galleys of type was a breakthrough that spread beyond the worlds of publishing and printing. However printing commercially by letterpress has been financially unviable since the 1980’s and the onset of desktop publishing until recently when it has seen something of a revival, especially in young designers wanting to use it creatively as an antidote for the apple mac.

Double Dagger features contributions from Dafi Kuehne, who discusses using pantograph cut wood-type in his work. Dafi especially cut three characters for us to use in this issue. Nick Loaring of The Print Project presents some work from his Ludlow typograph and also featured are the dynamic linocuts of Hannah Cousins, a view on USA print shops by David Armes and the link between music and letterpress printing by Brian Bagdonas of Stumptown Printers. Marta Dos Santos tells us about the challenges she faced when producing a record cover for Four Tet and how she ended up as a letterpress printer who currently works at The London College of Communication and as an assistant to Alan Kitching. Lucy Jenner of Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft looks at the legacy of London Underground's Johnston typeface, Graham Moss of Incline Press gives us an insight into the selling of leaflets in 'Street Literature', Gee Vaucher of Exitstencil Press tells us about Hamilton Wood Type's 'Holly Wood Type' in an extract from her forthcoming book on the subject, and Angie Butler, Artist & Researcher at the University of West England rounds out our first issue on making contemporary letterpress printed artists' books.

Alongside the hot-metal type we use Neuland, foundry cast by Rainer Gerstenberg in Germany from the original Klingspor matrices, and array of laser-cut imagery, including a jaw dropping centrefold designed by Nick Loaring, which attempts to jump off the page and poke you in the eyes. The depth of colour, the illusive third dimension, and even the smell of the letterpress printed page offers something completely different in todays world of print.

Featured on People of Print, Eye Magazine, Stack Magazine & Print Monthly.

1500 copies which come with a sticker in a custom made all black stiffened envelope.

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