Letterpress Printing

Cathy Lee (GD '15) believes typography isn't a creative process confined to an LED-backlit, LCD, aluminum unibody computer screen. Type can be messy, funky and expressive. In RISD's type shop, located in the design center above the mailroom, type is tactile. Like playing with Lego, students picked through the vast collection of blanks and blocks and started shifting elements around in a small type case. And thus, compositions were born. Without artboards, bounding boxes and automated scripts, everyone created layouts and experimented with color divisions. By the end of the evening, everyone had a dozen prints to take home.