Letterpress printing is known for producing artisan products today and it is hard to imagine that it was actually the main method of printing for 400 years from 15th century to 19th century. Letterpress printing makes use of movable types made from metal or wood, locked in a chase before ink is transferred from the type to paper manually. This printing method was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century and as unbelievable as it sounds, Gutenberg's press was used to print with virtually no change in design for the next 350 years.
One of Guten's notable achievement is to Letterpress print 180 copies of the Bible during the 15th century of which 48 copies still remain in the museum today. Letterpress printing is also widely regarded as one of the reasons for the spread of knowledge and English Language through books and newspapers.
With technological advancement, polymer plates are now commonly used for Letterpress printing instead of moveable types. This greatly revitalised Lettepress as it allows digital designs to be printed on the press, greatly increasing its scope for design
Why Letterpress ?
Frankly speaking, Letterpress is not for everyone. If you are just looking to print everyday products such as leaflets and forms, conventional printing would fit your bill. Letterpress exudes a luxurious feel, simply just by its printing nature. It does not print onto paper, it prints into thick and fluffy paper which offers a textural and extremely luxurious look.
Letterpress is most suitable for high-end wedding invitations and premium business cards. Besides its printing nature, Letterpress also has a rich history behind it, making your product meaningful and of great heritage value. Imagine the stories you can share with your friends about your wedding invites and business cards.