I’ve always loved typography and the printing press. While at Southern, I had the privelidge of taking a printing class. Real presses, real ink, real plates. It was wonderful! However, I never got to use a letter press and that is where the beauty really is. Firefly Press of Somerville, Massachusetts is a shop that only does letter press work. From making their own type to designing the pieces with type to printing the finished piece on the letter press, one impression at a time.
Some days, I would love to go back to a life like that. Everything is highly mechanical and the options are right before your eyes. No browser testing, no export glitches, no bandwidth limitations or bugs (Ok, so I can see it could be a problem to get a bug in the ink, but that is different).
FontFeed.com recently ran a post about Firefly Press titled “The Magic That is Letterpress” and they included an amazing video about the work that Firefly does. The video’s are produced by ILoveTypography.com