While preparing his graduate thesis at MICA, Justin Kropp designed and produced this modest broadside with a quote from artist Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse. A brief philosophical musing from Justin:
It made me realize that being a designer can be beautiful, creative, rewarding and agonizing. In order to grow we shouldn’t be afraid of fucking up or pissing people off. In fact, growing is often a direct result of fucking up. I wanted something tangible to remind me of this.
And some kvetching on the production:
Working with this particular Crane product was tedious and anxiety ridden. Either have a spotless letterpress studio or don’t let anything touch this gorgeous paper. I ruined quite a few sheets from careless smudges.
The result is definitely something one might want to have around as a reminder, not only because of the quote but for the impeccable production which would lead me to assume that Justin was able to either find a spotless letterpress studio or defended the gorgeous paper with all his might.
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