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Banned Books Week Broadsides and Posters


Production Method

Foil stamp



Spindletop Design

Design and Creative Direction: Jennifer Blanco
Designer: Laura Tait
Illustrator: Moolee Bunnag
Dept. of Obsolete Technology: John Earles



Workhorse Printmakers

There’s nothing like someone telling you you can’t do something to make you want to do it. These posters and broadsides promoting Banned Book Week tempt bookstore visitors to seek out so-called naughty literature while educating them in print production at the same time. 



Brazos Bookstore

Quantity Produced

Approximately 50 of each of 4 broadsides, 100 each of 2 Promotional posters

Production Cost


Production Time

Two weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

Page Count

Paper Stock

Number of Colors

1/0, 2/0




Sackers Gothic
Burgeus Script
Bodoni Poster
Knockout Full Middleweight
Garage Gothic


Banned Books Week Broadsides and Posters
Banned Books Week Broadsides and Posters
Banned Books Week Broadsides and Posters
Banned Books Week Broadsides and Posters
Banned Books Week Broadsides and Posters
Banned Books Week Broadsides and Posters
Banned Books Week Broadsides and Posters
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Project Description

October 6th is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the perils of censorship. For this year's festivities, Brazos Bookstore, a beloved Houston independent bookseller, was looking to do something out of the ordinary that would both excite their customers and bring attention to the cause. Jeremy Ellis, Brazos's manager, contacted Workhorse Printmakers with the idea to produce limited edition letterpress printed broadsides featuring quotes from several banned books, as well as in store printing demo.

As befitting an event centered around books, there were numerous print pieces produced. Broadsides were designed featuring quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird, Catch 22, Lolita, and Women In Love--all letterpress printed in advance of the event. Each broadside was foil stamped with an edition number and blind embossed with the banned books logo created for the event. Promotion was in the form of two 11 x 17 posters printed on newsprint using a combination of digital and letterpress. The in-store demo consisted of our two Challenge proof presses--moved in for the day--set up for visitors to print their own two-color, takeaway poster from wood type and a magnesium plate. Every poster pulled during the event was individually numbered with gold foil.

Production Lesson(s)

Digital and letterpress worked great together! The promotional posters consisted of black laser printing coupled with the red flaming book emblem printed by letterpress. This allowed us to create two individual designs for a fraction of the cost of a single black letterpress plate alone--in addition to using the plate for onsite printing, where we allowed Brazos Bookstore visitors to pull their own print.”

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Jessica Mullen

Writer for UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

January 8, 2013


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