LetterMpress: A Letterpress iPad App—Sharing Letters with All

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LetterMpress: A Letterpress iPad App—Sharing Letters with All

John Bonadies, a graphic designer in Illinois, wants letterpress, currently a fairly exclusive art and practice, to be more accessible to designers and creatives. He has proposed an iPad app, via Kickstarter, offering a large wooden type database to designers to create authentic looking letterpress designs.

Design, letterpress, ipad

Design, letterpress, ipad

Design, letterpress, ipad

The iPad interaction mirrors actual letterpress processes, such as setting, spacing, inking, printing, saving, etc. He hopes to eventually link up the physical type studio with the app to offer real letterpress prints of designs made on the app and access to the type libraries.

Design, letterpress, ipad

Design, letterpress, ipad

The project consist of a number of other components, so if you find the idea interesting/exciting, I'd recommend watching the video below to get the full scoop.

There are some pretty cool, interactive components he is in the process of creating, like the 3d letterpress, and expanding the type library, both physically and digitally. Find more info on LetterMpress and how to support it at the Kickstarter project page. Supporters get access to beta testing, free prints, t-shirts, naming type and more (based on the level of donation).

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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