I often trace my interest in letterpress back to my 2010 visit to Berlin with Oliver and the numerous printing exhibits we found in the museums of the city. But, in truth, my first taste of letterpress came much earlier, when, in the late 1990s, I had business cards made for Digital Island, the name of my company at the time.
I’d somehow made contact with Fred Louder, who’d recently relocated from Montreal to O’Leary, with his press in tow; I was so inspired by what he showed me that I asked Fred if he would create business cards for me, and he generously agreed.
The resulting cards, printed on a rainbow of lovely, toothy paper, are works of art.
Digital Island is, of course, no longer Digital Island. And we no longer live in the New Haven 675 exchange. So the cards have receded out of utility and into examples of the craft and memories of the way things used to me.