Archives for September 2012

Virtual Letterpress Printing

This semester I’m ¬†teaching a revised and updated version of my Book 2.0: The History of the Book and the Future of Reading course. Last week we experimented with LetterMpress, touted as “a virtual letterpress on your iPad.” Available for both the iPad and Mac, the app, which is modeled after a 1964 Vandercook model, simulates the experience of setting type, locking it into the press bed with furniture and quoins, inking the print blocks, and pulling an impression. After playing around with both apps, I’ve developed a preference for the Mac version, which allows for finer-grained motor control over the positioning of type.

Here’s a sample of what my grad students created in class: