London – New North Press has created a letterpress font that can be 3D-printed, deftly merging an age-old technique with modern technology.
The 28-year-old letterpress agency wanted to keep the traditional art alive in the digital age, paying homage to a declining craft. To do so, it enlisted the help of graphic designers Scott Williams and Henrik Kubel of design studio A2-Type to produce a letterpress font that can be printed in 3D.
Williams and Kubel created the A23D font, which was then made by specialist 3D model makers Chalk Studios, and it is now part of New North Press’s library of fonts.
‘By bringing letterpress together with 3D printing, connecting the oldest and newest forms of print technology, this felt like a great way of feeding new energy into the craft and looking to the future of letterpress,’ says Richard Ardagh, a partner at the New North Press studio.
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