Studio On Fire

1621 East Hennepin Ave #B10
United States
612 379 3000
Studio On Fire provides both Design Services and Letterpress Printing with a distinctively tactile presence. Our unique workspace marries design, art and craft. It’s like having cream and sugar in your coffee. We bring a keen synergy of design sensitivity and production knowledge to our projects. We are backed by full, in-house modern letterpress printing capabilities. Our press capacity allows us to handle any size project with ease. We collaborate with creative firms, printers, and individuals all over the world to produce work with a tactile and distinctively modern edge. Whether the design work is our own or yours, our expert knowledge of letterpress technique brings award-winning projects to life.
Studio On Fire Letterpress Calendar 2012
Studio On Fire Letterpress Calendar 2012
Studio On Fire Letterpress Calendar 2008
Studio On Fire Letterpress Calendar 2008
Studio On Fire Letterpress Calendar 2009
Studio On Fire Letterpress Calendar 2009
Studio On Fire Letterpress Poster
Studio On Fire Letterpress Poster
Interview with Ben from Studio On Fire
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
1999. That was when I learned that sitting in front of a computer all day sucks.
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
Challenges. Design challenges, production challenges. A challenge in need of craftsmenship is why we love custom work.
What inspires you?: 
Poop jokes. Different sneezing styles. Tactile materials that make your hands grope them. Brewed beverages. Donut holes. Heavy duty, overbuilt, oily, iron machines that will most likely outlive us. Designers that ride the line between designer and illustrator.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
Presses: Vintage Heidelbergs! Five Heidelberg KSBA Cylinders 18 x 23, One Heidelberg S Cylinder 21 x 28, Three Windmills 13 x 18, Two 10 x 15 Windmills, Gietz 12 x 18, Vandercook 219AB, Vandercook Uni3, Newstyle C&P 10 x 15. Papers: anything uncoated and soft is preferred. Inks: Oil base inks and Zero VOC wash up from Gans.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
We print custom letterpress jobs for designers all over the world. We also print our own design projects. Our work is more contemporary than nostalgic. We draw inspiration from experimental graphic trends much more than reworking designs based on vintage letterpress type and images.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Poster prints, calendars, greeting cards, invitations, stationery, business cards, catalog covers, wedding invites, LP jackets
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
We do an open house at least once a year and have student tour groups through frequently as we are able. Follow us for details.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
Present day Studio On Fire, please tell young 1999 Studio On Fire to learn all about proper make ready, polymer plates and get training on those Heidelberg feeding systems right away. The right tools are great when you know their limits and how to use them to full potential. Fighting your tools sucks.
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