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Beauty of Engraving Print


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Armin Vit




Many months ago I had seen Jacopo Severitano’s obsessive ZWEI typeface and made a mental note of it. When Neenah Paper and Two Paperdolls asked me to do a print for The Beauty of Engraving I knew I wanted to do something with fine lines. Fifteen dollars and many, many hours of customization and weight adjustment later I had this finished piece of typography that feels ohsogood to the touch.

Production photos courtesy of BurdgeCooper. 



Neenah Paper & Two Paperdolls

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5.25 in × 8.25

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Crane's Crest / Fluorescent White / 268 dtc

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Color separations by yours truly.


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Project Description

The Beauty of Engraving is an online gallery by Neenah Paper of great examples of engraving and some history on this often overlooked print method. Together with Two Paperdolls, Neenah Paper has been inviting a few select designers to design limited-edition prints showcasing engraving as well as curate an "issue" with their favorite samples from the website's growing library. The brief is to use two colors to illustrate the sentence "The Beauty of Engraving."

Production Lesson(s)

I chose to showcase engraving's ability to render thin lines so I used a typeface that was originally designed with plenty of lines and, like almost any other typeface, in a single color. Wanting to make things harder for myself I turned the typography into two colors requiring extensive slicing and dicing of the typeface and eventually I did my own color separations, which teaches you a lot about your abilities in Illustrator and understanding of how things are built/printed. A highly recommended exercise.”

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Armin Vit

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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February 6, 2013


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