Mar 27, 2011 (Comment)

AIGA Y-16 Conference

After a very busy month of keeping the presses rolling, heading out on the road with Sha Na Na and keeping the dogs happy, I was really excited to participate in this years Y Conference for the San Diego Chapter of the AIGA.

It was a packed house at my ‘Thinkshop” and the group was really great.  We covered a little bit of everything, paper selection, when to use foil and general information on how cool letterpress can be. Being able to give designers a little demo and giving them the pressmans perspective was pretty cool and hopefully they left with a new understanding of all things letterpress.

I’d like to give special thanks to Justin Skeesuck from for turning me on to the event. He was the reason I was there.

Also a shout out to Mark Robillard from the San Diego Chapter of the AIGA.  After telling me I could get there at 7:30 am and I showed up at 9:15 to start my presentation at 10 (hey , I’m a musician, we don’t really do ‘mornings’ ha ha) he had a killer parking space for me and really kept things running smooth.

And last but not least, Marc Hedges from He got up early (easier when you have a beautiful little girl!) helped me move the press and tools for the demo, and helped keep me from rambling too much. I can get a little passionate about letterpress.

Thanks again to all and keep checking the site for updates, there is some really cool stuff in the works.

I can’t go into much yet, but believe me, you are going to flip when you see what we’re working on!

Back to the presses….


Feb 24, 2011 (Comment)

About time I put up another post!

Hi All,

Things have been crazy busy here in the shop so it’s been tough to get another post up, but I have squeezed out a few minutes for a quick update!

Yes, it’s true…I did just finish hand feeding 10,000 books on the old C&P! Got up to 1000 an hour and my arms felt like I swam the English Channel, but you got to get it done! I actually started out using the foot treadle but after about 700 forms it felt like I had run 100 miles up hill…so I put on the ol’ thinking cap and took a motor, belt and speed drive of my old Kluge and re-wired it onto the C&P and put it under power to get ‘er done!

I know a lot of you are lining up for classes and I  promise to get some going soon. But as most of you know that I run the shop by myself so when the work hits hard I get quite busy and it’s tough to schedule classes.

But I will have a new class schedule up soon!!!

Some cool things on the horizon as well…

I’ll be participating in this years Y Conference. I’ll be doing a ‘Thinkshop’ on all things letterpress, print, foil, embossing. How to design for the medium and sharing stories of the craft, I’ll even be bringing in a small tabletop press so everyone can get a feel for it.

Some really cool product coming soon as well.

Things have been moving out of the store pretty well….shipping to Ireland, Australia and all points in between!

On another note….

Some of you may know this and some of you may not be aware but I am also a musician.

I’ve been playing for as long as I’ve been printing and have had quite a bit if success doing it as well.

I’ve toured the States as well as Europe as a support act for the ‘Stray Cats’ farewell tour of Europe in ’08 and also play locally with my band ‘The Rockin’ Aces every Thursday night at Tio Leo’s in Bay Park (8pm no cover!)…you never know who will show up to sit in so it’s always a blast.

I’m also a member of Sha Na Na…yes the Sha Na Na of Woodstock (the original) and also the movie Grease as well as a long running T.V. show in the 70′s.

Here is a pic of me and Marvin Hamlisch. Over New Years Eve Sha Na Na did 3 shows with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and he was the conductor. He’s a great guy, super funny and easy going…kind of surreal as I was onstage playing ‘La Bamba’ with him standing next to me hitting a cowbell!

So there you go…a quick update

I’ll keep you posted….


Dec 22, 2010 (Comment)

Another year passes….

Well, it’s that time of year again, out with the old, in with the new! It’s also my time to reflect back on things.

It’s been a good year here at the shop (all things considered). I’ve had lots of fun with my friends and made some new ones along the way, and it’s been a pleasure working with so many talented people on so many wonderful projects. Wedding Invitation, business cards, packaging, you name it and I’m pretty sure I printed it! I want to take this opportunity to name a few people that have help me along the way… they have inspired Quality Letterpress to take new directions, opened doors for new relationships, and have been there when it really mattered! Just a few of the many…

Brett at Anders Creative, Rosemary at Rosemary Rae Designs, the encompus crew, Sean Kelly at Set and Drift, Zack at Sezio and of course Sunset Press (Greg, Riki, Chrissy, Jerry and Tron). Can’t forget Colleen at BPI and Nancy at Neyenesch Printers as well.

These people are not only talented designers and industry representatives, but they have always been supportive of the shop and have helped spread the word about the work I do here at Quality Letterpress. I’m proud to call them my friends.

I’m looking forward to continuing my collaboration straight into the New Year! We’ve got lots of cool things on the horizon…

I’m excited to continue teaching the letterpress classes. People really dig coming in and catching the letterpress bug. It’s always cool seeing someone’s excitement as they look through all the old type and images I have on hand, getting their hands dirty, and printing the final design on quality paper…really, it’s very cool!

Ron Miriello at Miriello Graphico is talking with me about a project or two coming up early in the new year. Ron came in for a tour of the shop recently and it seems he already has the letterpress bug! Here’s a cool post on his blog about his experience. I’m really excited to work with Ron, his passion for design and the process is contagious!

In March 2011 I’ll be doing a ‘Thinkshop” at the YConference here in San Diego. It’s always inspiring to work with a room full of designers and spread the letterpress fever.

So here’s a hearty fair-well to 2010 and very Happy New Year salute to 2011! I look forward to meeting new people, being challenged by new projects, and keeping the presses rolling! Please come on by and say hi… hang out… take a class… and be creative!!

Keep Rockin!

Nov 14, 2010 (Comment)

One Lucky Five Year Old..!

I first met little Fiona shortly after her birth when her daddy, my good friend Marc Hedges at encompus, brought her into the shop to design and print her birth announcement. So when he needed an invite for her 5th birthday, all I could say was…yes!

We used all handset/wood  type and ornaments. The smaller type is 30pt. Stymie Bold Condensed and I’m still trying to track down the typeface that was used as the underprint. I do know that the overprint typeface is Renaissance No. 1 and was made by the Wm. Page Type Co. in 1879!

Fiona got to pull type and pick the colors herself…PMS 189 Pink and PMS 227 Purple. While Marc and I weren’t to sure how that would work, we did as instructed and, of course, Fiona was right and it looks great.

Oct 19, 2010 (Comment)

Brandon & Angela Poster

Congratulations Brandon & Angela!

We sent the happy couple on their way with a couple of posters to use for guest books. The Meihle Vertical might look like a tank, but she pulled these 14×20 Lettra sheets through with finesse. It’s hard to miss with our family of Gothic wood type. Plus, it matches the Trade Gothic used in their invite package almost perfectly!

Oct 1, 2010 1 Comment

Photos from the 2010 Printer’s Fair

Here’s a smattering of photos from our epic day at the fair! Thanks again to all that made it possible!

Sep 27, 2010 2 Comments

2010 LA Printer’s Fair… Good Times!

We just finished up with the 2nd Annual Printers Fair at the International Printing Museum and I must say we had a great time! We met a lot of great people and even though it was a hot day, we came away with a bunch of new friends as well as a lot of new interest in the shop.

Many thanks to Rachelle Chuang who somehow managed to put everything together, and Mark Barbour (Director of the museum) for hosting such a nice event. We’ll have some photo’s up soon.

We’ll also have all of our new products up in the webstore soon and I’ll keep scheduling classes for all who are interested so keep checking in!

Sep 23, 2010 (Comment)

LA Printer’s Fair – Right around the corner!

We’re gearing up for the 2nd annual LA Printer’s Fair and are almost ready! We’ll be setup in a corner booth; talking shop, shaking hands and kissing babies. We’ve got a ton of great product and freebies to hock and we’re even bringing the Kelsey 6×10 and are inviting folks to pull a souvenir print of their own. Hope to see you in the lot!

Big thanks to everyone who’s pitched in to help us get ready!

Sep 7, 2010 (Comment)

Quality Letterpress by Emota

emota is a Brand Film agency that loves telling stories and making beautiful things. Many thanks to them for creating this film.

Aug 19, 2010 2 Comments

Guest Designer: Marc Hedges

We’re proud to claim Marc Hedges and the creative forces at encompus as part of our core Creative Network. Marc spent the afternoon concepting and running a few new pieces for our retail line. Marc has a solid creative vision and is a pleasure to work with. We’re looking forward to future collaborations!

New Hipstamatic app on the iphone provides the lomo-rific images. Well worth the $1.99.

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