Is the letterpress dead? Nope, it was just waiting for a designer, a Kickstarter project and some digital re-imagination.
John Bonadies was looking for $15,000 via Kickstarter to bring his prototype to market and has already passed $26,300. The money’s to be used to purchase vintage cuts and authentic wood type from foundries that closed in the 70’s and 80’s.
So what will the app do? As Bonadies describes it:
The design process is the same as the letterpress process—you place and arrange type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink the type, and print. You will be able to create unlimited designs, with multiple colors, using authentic vintage wood type and art cuts. And you can print your design directly from LetterMpress or save it as an image for import it into other applications.