Vote For Letterpress

4 South Orange Ave., #106
South Orange
United States
Vote for Letterpress was born in 2010, when a husband with a passion for letterpress came home and said “It would be crazy if I bought an entire letterpress shop, wouldn’t it?” and a wife, against all odds and good judgement, said “Let’s do it.” Our campaign was off and running. Our printing presses includes a Heidelberg 10×15 “Windmill” and a Vandercook SP-20. The Vote for Letterpress team loves to take on custom projects. Catering to creative pros and anyone who shares our love for the smell of ink, the feel of heavy paper and the adrenaline rush that comes from working with dangerous, limb-threatening machinery, our 2 presses and spectacular selection of vintage wood type allow us to run jobs big & small (from an enviable business card to a tactile product label to large 20×26 posters to whatever we (or you) think of next).
Manhattan poster
Manhattan poster
Krantz wedding invitation
Krantz wedding invitation
Counter Punch wine labels
Counter Punch wine labels
Marriage is So Gay
Marriage is So Gay
Interview with Jon from Vote For Letterpress
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
I tried it first when I was around 13 in summer camp, using a tabletop press to make stationery. I came back to it again after art school in 1996 with a few workshops. I finally bought my first press in 2000.
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
The act of making something physical and tactile. It's such a refreshing break from the computer screen.
What inspires you?: 
Anything involving wood type inspires me. That's my true love in letterpress land.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
I use our Heidelberg 10x15 for most of my production jobs. It's a little easier on the arm doing 3,000 wine labels when you don't have to hand-crank each one! The Vandercook SP-20 is my go-to press for any wood type posters or split fountain work.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
My own personal work tends to be typographical in nature. Letters are wonderful creations in themselves and I love to try to elevate and enhance them as a celebration of their many forms.
What kind of products do you create?: 
I love making things using my wood type collection, but I've also done everything from postcards to intricate wedding invitations to concert promotions.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Not currently, although I'd like to in the near future. If you're interested, please get in touch!
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
The best thing I could say is to not get frustrated in the beginning. There are so many variables you don't think about when you see wonderful letterpress artwork. Color mixing, makeready, lockups, etc. They all take time to learn to do properly. I'm still learning. I would also say, make sure you get the right press to start with. A Vandercook is expensive but the learning curve is relatively easy. A Heidelberg is absolutely not a beginner's press. They bite if you're not careful. And if you don't have the resources to buy a press, find another printer in your area. They may be willing to let you rent press time or even take you on as an assistant to learn the craft.
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