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Javier Garcia's picture
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Joined: 30 Jun 2005 - 11:26am
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I’m in the big challenge of designing a wedding invitation for myself. I want to get it done in letterpress, but I don’t want to get caught in the same old traditional invitations. I have been looking over the Internet and all I found is generic designs.
So I have two questions for you guys:

1. Can someone help me find a good book or website that contains ideas of what can be done for a wedding invitation or maybe not just wedding but over all contemporary letterpress design?

2. I don’t have much experience in letterpress jobs, does anyone know what kind of digital font is suitable for letterpress, any suggestions?

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Joined: 26 Feb 2003 - 9:06am
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I recommend semisans for getting small-run invitations made. Creative and friendly guys, great work.

Fredrik Jönsson's picture
Joined: 17 Jun 2005 - 9:35am
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plenty of inspiration here:
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Pat Vining's picture
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Joined: 18 Jul 2005 - 11:32am
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There is a process by which type that you set on a computer or hand-render can be burned on to a photopolymer plate. The plate can then be put on a letterpress and printed in the traditional way . . . so just about anything you can imagine, can be printed (really fine lines can be difficult). I would find a local press and sit down with them. Many people who own a press today are artists themselves and love a challenge.

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Joined: 2 Apr 2003 - 4:37pm
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Hi Caco. I design and print wedding invitations. I design mostly unorthodox shapes/sizes digitally and then have either photopolymer or metal engravings made from film and print them on my Vandercook SP15.

Gimme your email address and I'll get in contact ... I can send you some examples, maybe those will get your juices flowing.

And when dealing with a very tactile technique like LP, remember: inks and paper are going to be just as important as what's on the page itself.

As for type: you can use almost anything you like, although I have a personal fondness (since I like really hard impression) for lower-contrast slabs and transitionals.

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Joined: 30 Jun 2005 - 11:26am
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Hey thanks all for the replies. Great examples!!!
Joshua thanks too, you can email me at cacodesign@att.com. I would really like some examples of your work.

Thanks again all,
Caco