Rocky Stinehour: 21 March 1925 – 2 July 2016


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A few minutes before this photo was taken in 2002, Rocky Stinehour and I chatted alone on that bench. There he reminded me that books are meant to be useful—not merely beautiful. It was that simple conversation in which he pointed out something so painfully obvious (but never discussed by fine printers) that completely changed the direction of my work—and my thinking about books and design, and their place in the world.

HUP: Yeah, You Know Me


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We prepared layouts and specs for Flaubert, a new biography from Harvard University Press. The book was then set by someone else (as per HUP procedures) which, frankly, felt like having someone else raise our child. But with parents like Fournier and Trade Gothic, it’s hard to go wrong. See for yourself here. And pre-order a copy here. [And insert your own clever reference to Flaubert here.]

You Demanded and We Complied


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You demanded and we complied: 91% of Jerzy Desselberger’s stamps are now on our site. See for yourself.

Swimsuit Season


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The perfect beach read, The Mary Julia Paintings of Joan Brown, is back from the printer. See some of the twenty or so spreads we designed here and get a copy for yourself here.

Another Day, Another Barrett (Part II)


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Just back from the printer is Ed Barrett’s The Sinatra n, the third Barrett we’ve designed and the thirty-sixth we’ve designed for Pressed Wafer. But who’s counting? See our other Barretts here and here. And get your copy of The Sinatra n here in just about any quantity you like.

Embracing the Center


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Sometimes it’s nice to do a little plain-old symmetric typography. You know: Just get back to basics. And this little Buddhist treatise for Shambhala seemed like a good excuse to do just that—with the help of Garamond Premier Pro. Get yourself re-centered here.