Book Design and Aprons


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We have the opening and closing quotes in a Boston Globe article about aprons, and our approach to aprons is akin to our approach to books: “We’re big proponents of less being more. Essentially we don’t want people to be afraid of them. If we make them too complicated or precious, they get in the way of them doing their job, which is essentially to keep people clean.” Now, why are we being asked about aprons? Selling linen is one of our hobbies

And Today at the White House….


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Kat Ran Poet Julie Alvarez received the National Medal of Arts today. Congratulations, buddy! Celebrate with your own copy of Seven Trees.

Back from the Printer: Test Drive Edition


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We were honored to be the very first to try out (in print) an unreleased family of types by David Jonathan Ross. See how the letters look when printed on paper when you order your own copy of Mass Transit here

The End


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The last page of the 1,040-page Typesetting Dash.

Summer of 1,000 RBS Posters (Or, A Study in How to Make OK Posters When Given Lo-Res Files)


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Here’s another one poster for Rare Book School.

Summer of 1,000 RBS Posters (Or, A Study in How to Make OK Posters When Given Lo-Res Files)


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Here’s one from Week Three at Rare Book School.

Found Elsewhere Department


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We are always pleased to see books we’ve designed used as they are intended: As coasters. Coaster or no, at least the book is being used. Get a readable coaster here. If you want a non-readable coaster, we highly recommend these.

Summer of 1,000 RBS Posters (Or, A Study in How to Make OK Posters When Given Lo-Res Files)


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A poster for Week Two at Rare Book School.

Time to Join-Up


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We do a lot of work for the American Printing History Association—including their new site. Here’s their new membership brochure in Franklin Gothic and Garamond Premier Pro.

Type and Linen


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Did you know we can walk and chew gum at the same time? It’s true. And to prove it we co-opened a new brick-and-mortar store here in Cambridge. You won’t often find the Kat Ran staff there, but you can see our typography all over the place.