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Starshaped Press

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Trade:
Antique letterpresser
Locale:
Ravenswood, Chicago

“Starshaped Press is one of the few studios in the country that exclusively uses antique metal and wood type to create all of our print projects. No plastic plates and digital design for us!”

After completing design school, Jennifer got to work with the storied Fireproof Press in Chicago, creating everything from music packaging to business cards using antique typefaces and quirky old cuts. To say she was inspired by the experience would be an understatement. Researching how the printers of the past did the most with their materials, particularly the “artistic printers” of the 1890s, gave her the idea to create one of the few studios in the country that uses only antique presses and metal or wood typeface, most of which are 50 to 100 years old. Figuring out how to keep looking fresh despite the age of the materials is a challenge that keeps her coming back for more. Take that, technology.

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