Monday, August 06, 2007

Welcome to the D*S Letterpress Guide

Welcome- what you'll find here is a working guide to some of the best letterpress studios in the country (as well as a few abroad).

The guide is meant to be searched by the following categories: State, City, E-commerce Enabled, Custom Work and Pre-Made work. You're more than welcome to read down the center column as you would with a blog but the list is much more useful when organized by search results. Just use the drop down menu to your left to find who you're looking for. For example, if you need custom wedding invitations try looking in your hometown for a studio you can meet with to design your cards in person.

The list will be updated constantly so feel free to send suggestions and keep coming back as the list grows. There's also a brief history of letterpress to the left. Enjoy!


Blogger Kim said...

Can you also feature printers willing to print a design you bring to them?

2:36 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


Most of the studios that are listed as "custom" will work with you on designs you bring in. :)


3:02 PM  
Blogger beccabags said...

This is letterpress utopia!! Thank you for one of the most awesome resource pages on the internet!!

7:09 AM  
Anonymous lindsay said...

Have you checked out Haute Papier?

They do completely custom work - not all of their work is letterpress, but some is - it is whatever style printing the bride wants.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous brendalynn said...

I especially appreciate the studios that included some notion of how they price (instead of just "available upon request"). There are so many beautiful options out there that few customers actually have the time to call dozens of studios for price estimates...

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone should check out it's got a great directory.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm... not to be picky, but the press pictured in your "The History of Letterpress" sidebar thingy is in fact a press used for intaglio printing-- the opposite of relief (i.e. letterpress). You might be able to obtain a good press image at

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting this together- it's a really great resource.

(BTW- the picture on the left under the link to the history of letterpress is of an etching press, not the kind used for letterpress).

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody should mention that alot of these companies do not do their own printing. They are great designers, but not techincally Letterpress printers.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to add Superior Letterpress ( Mike Coughlin is great! And the prices cannot be beat. After 15 some hours of researching vendors, I found his were the best prices. Great customer service and speed to boot -- big thumbs up for Superior Letterpress.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great blog and an awesome resource, thank you for putting it together. Just a comment... if this is a letterpress guide, don't you think that the only companies that should be listed are companies that actually run and operate presses? A designer is a designer. Letterpress is a craft and the artisans that run presses are worthy of the acknowledgment. Not the designers.

8:35 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

To me, the art of letterpress is both in the printing and the design. To fail to list either would be a shame in my opinion. Thus, I've included people who design the actual product and people who print the product. They often work hand in and hand it I think it's unfair to leave the designer out of of the process, especially if they design exclusively for letterpress printers.


9:14 AM  
Blogger erinn said... out of Pasadena, CA did our wedding invitations. We chose one of their beautiful pre-designed sets. I worked directly with the owner Annika who was great. She designs and prints her stuff. Thanks for this great guide.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Erin McCall said...

Curious how one gets listed here? I am a letterpress designer and printer (running Kelsey and C&P presses) in Vancouver, Canada.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there - just wondering if you are interested in listing people outside of the US? I know it might get a bit overloaded, but it'd be great to see some international people on there too...! But it is a fantastic and comprehensive list - thanks!

7:01 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

absolutely! i have a few canadian and australian designers on there but feel free to send any suggested studios over (via email please- designsponge [at] gmail [dot] com).


7:03 AM  
Anonymous Mark M. said...

Mr. Boddington Press out of NYC. Bad website but really nice and different stuff.

6:05 PM  

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