Letterpress is our favorite printing technique. Tactile, vintage, unique, exclusive, and with a certain feel. It is a craft that involves skill and passion.
Letterpress is a technique of relief printing. In the printing process an inked and raised surface is pressed against single sheets of paper.
Our three presses are original Heidelberg Windmill presses from the 1950’s, and they still do an outstanding job. The letterpress technique was used to print books and newspapers in the former days. Movable types, made of metal or wood were used to set texts. In the 1980’s newer printing techniques, such as offset, arose and letterpress became rare and almost disappeared.
However, letterpress is back, thanks to the demand for high quality and tactile printed goods. Today mainly used for fine art, stationery, coasters, invitations, greeting cards, and other printed goods that request a certain feel. “The medium is the message” really applies to letterpress printed goods.
While letterpress was mainly used with wooden or metal types in former days, we today also have the possibility to print with photopolymer plates. This allows us to combine the best of two worlds, a combination of traditional print and contemporary design; with the use of digital layout tools.
We at Typotopia love to experiment and to combine printing with our old type casts, as well with modern photopolymer plates.
Our Heidelberg Windmill presses are multifunctional, they not only print but also emboss, blind-emboss, and also die-cut.
We use die-cutting for the production of e.g. coasters, custom-made packaging inserts or other printing goods that should have a shape that is not square or rectangular.
We print with Pantone colors, we mix any available shade upon request.
We have a vast range of fine and high quality paper in our sortiment. We have paper made of wood or cotton fibres, thin or thick paper (even as high as 910 gsm), various colors and structures.