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Swayspace LetterPress Kit


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Charming and eclectic, this cozy collection of letterpress samples turned press kit lets potential clients know there’s no Swayspace like home. 




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Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

6.75 × 9.5 × .375 in.

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Paper Stock

French Paper Co. / Muscletone / Sno Cone / 140C

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Project Description

We are periodically asked by press and clients for samples of our letterpress projects, and we wanted to introduce ourselves along with our work and capabilities. This was really a collaborative and iterative effort within the studio as we all wanted to be able to stand behind the piece as something that represented us. When we were done, it also became something that we wanted to reach out with, so we have been sending it to institutions and people that we admire, letting them know who we are, and that we like to work on special projects.

Production Lesson(s)

This project brought together many of the things we do in our letterpress studio, but rarely all together. We utilized the entirety of our Vandercook's printable area, and our artwork varied from large fills to fine type to a bitmapped photo. We had to find happy mediums for ink levels and pressure.

We needed to modify our color scheme on press. The original light blue we specified looked better as it tended towards gray, and the bright orange that we originally specified did not integrate well until we added some of the bluish gray to it, making it veer towards rust.

It was difficult to maintain tight registration as the paper stretched and warped each time it passed through the press. The finishing house had to make a decision around where to register the die cut as the artwork drifted a bit. They wisely chose to focus on the front cover and spine.

Finally, our first gluing scheme didn't work out too well (luckily we only glued 50 of them initially). We had placed too many strips of adhesive around the pockets, and they were too snug. Once we took away most of the strips that ran horizontally under each pocket, and let the slit and paper do some of the gripping work, the pockets started to behave better.”

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Kelly Cree

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July 23, 2012


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UnderConsideration is a graphic design enterprise that runs a network of blogs, publishes books, organizes live events and judged competitions, and designs for clients.


Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.

Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.

Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.

Speak Up (2002 – 2009) / Discussing, and looking for, what is relevant in, and the relevance of, graphic design. Archives Only.

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Brand New Classroom (2010 – 2011) / Providing a space for critique and opinions on student identity workArchives Only.

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The 2010 FPO Awards / 2011, self-published.

The 2010 Brand New Awards / 2011, self-published.

Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work / 2010, self-published.

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Brand New Conference / A one-day event on the development of corporate and brand identity projects by some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world.

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Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design / 2009, Rockport.

Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration from the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers / 2008, HOW Books.

The Word It Book: Speak Up Presents a Gallery of Interpreted Words / 2007, HOW Books.

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