I like to do things with my hands. Ideas I create with the help of my sketchbook. Invitations I send out self made to real addresses and not to an emailaddress. Painting, cutting, sticking... I am not into "digitalism" at all actually. But with all the great software you are able to produce beautiful design as well... But in the end – the printing part. Again: Silkscreen, Letterpress,... I am very much into the crafted finishing on paper.
That's why I was very skeptical when I heard about this new App called LetterMpress founded by graphic designer John Bonadies and programmer Jeff Adams. A program that simulates a letterpress studio. First I was distracted by the odd sound effects and – for my personal taste – a bit too complex and slow navigation of the tool palette.
Last Friday I had a children's pancake party at my house and I thought, why not try this App again and play around to create the invitation card. After all I have to admit that I kind of fell in love with this program. Its a lovely tool for experimentation and playing around without getting your hands dirty...
Certainly worth it.
Still – the smell and the excitement of a real letterpress studio is definitely missing.
[© Fräulein Pfeiffer]