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Savoy Grey Announcement

Friday October 10, 2014

Reich Paper just launched their new Savoy Grey its 100% Cotton To help celebrate the launch, Reich asked us to provide design and printing services for the 3 color letterpress + foil announcement, of course we said YES!. The Savoy Grey printed excellent and is available in 118#, 184#, 236# cover and 80# text weights. It’s super to see the mills broadening the choices of their fine paper lines, we hope the trend continues.

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Smart Impression

Tuesday July 15, 2014

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Giving Pledge

 

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As is the case with many great discoveries, Letterpress printing as it is practiced today (with impression,) is the result of accident. Traditionally, anything more than the kiss of type to paper was considered an error that required adjustment. While other forms of printing became faster and more convenient, Heidelberg presses became more or less obsolete. These presses may not have been built to keep up with digital, but they are the perfect tool to print with impression, which has given them an even more elevated status than when they were new.

Modern Letterpress adds a dimension to printing that is unique. Print can be experienced by touch as well as just sight. With that in mind, it is tempting to push the impression to its absolute limit, but a smart printer knows that it’s far better to choose the appropriate amount of “push” for job. Impression for Impression’s sake is an amateur mistake.

Taking a nuanced approach to impression requires addressing a few things.

First, the designer must take a few steps to make the piece look great when printed. Make sure that the letter spacing and leading is exaggerated. This helps with legibility when the words arepressed into the sheet and prevents the lines of type from looking like solid valleys between the leadingAlso, consider the design as a whole. Does any artwork back up to the artwork onthefront? If so, the impression from one side will negate the impression on the other in the places where the artwork backs up.

Secondly, the printer must evaluate the design and decide how to pack the tympan of the press to get the best-looking impression. Packing with soft paper will give the printed artwork a deep impression with soft shoulders, while packing with hard film will give a more refined impression with harder shoulders. These are generalizations of course, and all depend on variables in the job as a whole and the paper on which it’s being printed. Many jobs require complex packing arrangements that bring out the best in the different elements of the design.

Our Heidelberg presses are the best in the biz, and with great power comes great responsibility. We approach each letterpress piece we print with care and we’ll always choose the smartest way to make it look it’s best.

Evolution Press Coaster Project

Friday September 2, 2011

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A personal project of ours, this 4 Coaster Set with custom packaging was designed, printed, and assembled in house. Inspired by historical printer’s marks and bookplates, the Evolution Press coasters were done in a limited edition run, and were being given away at our Annual Picnic this year. The entirety was produced on Reich Paper, aside from the brown coaster backing.

The coasters were letterpress printed on double thick paper, which we duplexed in house, to give them that luxurious yet durable look and feel. Custom packaging is something we love working on, and so this was an exceptionally satisfying project for us to work on.

Evolution Press Picnic, August 2011

Thursday August 11, 2011

We here at Evolution Press like to celebrate warm summer days when we can – which isn’t often in Seattle. Last week, we threw a Company/Client picnic, featuring catering by Skillet Street Food and Parfait Organic Ice Cream. The weather was amazing, the food was delicious, and it was truly a treat to take some time out to spend with our much-appreciated clients and friends.

We had West Coast Paper, Neenah Paper and Reich Paper representatives join us, with swatch books on hand.

In the shop, we had on display a collection of archival linocut posters from the Annual SVC Steamroller Print Exhibit. The 10th annual Wayzgoose is coming up on SAT. AUGUST 27, 2011 from 1–6 PM at the School of Visual Concepts, and is not to be missed.Free and open to the public.

Bunny Hang Tags

Thursday August 11, 2011

These adorable paper bunny hang tags came to us via Amy Redmond. They were produced for Kata Golda, an artist who works primarily producing hand sewn felted children’s toys, books, and accessories. The use of letterpress and 100% cotton paper fit perfectly with Kata’s aesthetic, which features handcrafted detail and craftsmanship. The bunnies were first letterpress printed on 236# cotton Reich Paper and then die cut into the whimsical bunny shape. They are two-sided and feature a hole at the top of the bunny ear, which was created with the die cut press pass. This hole will be used to pass ribbon or twine through. This piece went through 3 passes total. Post print production, these bunnies were clothed in felt, and hand sewn with an initial on the front by Kata Golda.

Nordstrom’s PONCHO

Friday February 25, 2011

Nordstrom Marketing designed this exclusive invitation for Poncho and we think it has the WOW factor a deboss can deliver. To ensure maximum deboss WOWness for the logo we went with a copper die, which has very hard chiseled edges that allow for a super clean impression. Paper was also key: something too light would tend to buckle, so we used Savoy 236# cover from Reich Paper. 236# Savoy is super heavy and is 100% cotton, this was the first job run on the new 236# Savoy cover and we were really impressed how it absorbed the deboss strike.

Love What You Do

Wednesday February 2, 2011

How did you kick off the New Year? Here at Evolution Press, we wanted to do something extra special to thank our much-loved creative clients for a great year. So we took the opportunity to collaborate with Todd Karam at TKTJ Design to create a one-of-a-kind calendar.

The paper – Savoy #118 cover in brilliant white from Reich Paper – was our #1 choice for this piece. Savoy’s calendared surface makes for minimal paper fiber shed, keeping the offset-printed solid colors clean and crisp. Given the malleable softness of this 100% cotton sheet, the emboss, deboss, and letterpress elements all have optimum visual effect.

We are thrilled with the end result. Reich Savoy #118 cover provided an excellent surface for us to execute Todd’s inspired creative design work, and allowed our press skills to shine: a great way to start the New Year. Happy 2011!