Just your type

“The digital age has removed us from the hands-on, tactile art of printing,” says Plymouth University’s letterpress technician Paul Collier. But the traditional practice of letterpress printing is alive and well here. Plymouth has one of the UK’s last moveable-type printing workshops, where students can learn a traditional craft that‘s proven it has enduring appeal.

Letterpress and traditional typography have experienced a revival in recent years, as more people are drawn to the vintage look and feel of it. “The quality of traditional printing is still highly regarded,” says Paul. “It has the wow factor.”

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Just your type

  • Fresh prints must be hung up to prevent the ink from smudging.

    Typography studio

    Fresh prints must be hung up to prevent the ink from smudging.
  • 2nd year student Ernie creates prints of quotes from interviews with different letterpress technicians, for a book that will celebrate the art of letterpress.

    Typography studio

    2nd year student Ernie creates prints of quotes from interviews with different letterpress technicians, for a book that will celebrate the art of letterpress.
  • Wood and metal type used to create the prints

    Typography studio

    Wood and metal type used to create the prints
  • Plymouth University has three of the few Columbian presses still at work in the UK, dating from around 1850

    Typography studio

    Plymouth University has three of the few Columbian presses still at work in the UK, dating from around 1850
  • Letterpress technician Paul Collier and Graphic Communication student Jordon.

    Typography studio

    Letterpress technician Paul Collier and Graphic Communication student Jordon.
  • Graphic communication student Kiera is in her second year at Plymouth. Her work investigates the recent letterpress revival and the ways in which the process has become modernised

    Typography studio

    Graphic communication student Kiera is in her second year at Plymouth. Her work investigates the recent letterpress revival and the ways in which the process has become modernised
  • Mixed type: letterpress can create a more dramatic and effective result than modern printing methods.

    Typography studio

    Mixed type: letterpress can create a more dramatic and effective result than modern printing methods.
  • The letterpress studio on campus

    Typography studio

    The letterpress studio on campus

Student Life magazine: Spring 2016 issue 2