Letterpress is the oldest of the traditional printing processes. In simple terms it is the art of achieving a direct impression from a raised, inked surface, which is usually type.
It originally started in the 15th century when Johannes Gutenberg became the first European to use moveable type. This created the market for mass-produced books and soon became the main form of printing literature and information across the world. It remained the primary form of printing until offset printing and the digital age took over in the mid-20th century.
Letterpress has recently seen a revival with print shops and studios reverting back to vintage ways and printing methods. No longer are printers looking for the perfect ‘kiss on the paper’, but rather favouring a deep impression or a grungy textured feel!