This semester, I'm teaching Graphic Design History at Parkland College. During the first couple classes we discuss old-school printing methods such as lithography, etching, relief printing, and letterpress. These techniques are no longer used in commercial printmaking, but still have a cult following among fine artists and designers interested in achieving that trendy retro look.
Many analog printing techniques can be difficult to comprehend without seeing the process in action. Luckily, Champaign is home to Living Letter Press, a revivalist letterpress print shop, who was generous enough to invite our class to participate in a mini-workshop. Current shop manager Lisa Kessler was generous enough to give a tour of the shop and explain how the equipment functions. We even had the opportunity to print our own posters!
The fieldtrip was a success. During the follow class, students expressed enthusiasm and more comprehensive understanding of the relief printing process.
And, I got a new poster for my office.