Iron Beasts Make Great Beauty

After a brief blogging hiatus we’re back with a project we’ve been bursting to share with you.

Nearly a year ago we worked with Gestalten publishers on this great video piece about our shop and we’ve been featured in some of their past publications–but now they are releasing a title all about Studio On Fire! Needless to say, we’re giddy.

The book features work designed by us, as well as work designed by clients, all of which was produced here in our Minneapolis location. Pictures of our ever expanding workspace also made it in alongside a forward written by our Principal.

Since we couldn’t, in good conscience, let a book about us not include any actual letterpress, all of the covers were letterpress printed at Studio On Fire and shipped off to meet the gutt of the book in the final stages of production. Due to the heavy 100 point thickness of the recycled cover boards, all of the covers were hand fed into our Gietz platen press. They are printed with a day glo ink using deep etch copper plates. We love the contrast of raw and refined created by the bright color next to the gray board.

It’s already shipping in Europe and will be released here in the states in late October. We got our hands on an advance copy, so we thought we’d share a bit of a sneak peek with you.

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  • So, that’s how letterpress printing is done! That’s just amazing! And great cover design.

  • Great job. I’ve never seen a Gietz in motion. Kind like a mix of a Windmill and C&P, I can see the benefits of that. Are they steel backed copper with a mag base or did you just glue them onto a boxcar base?

  • Yes, polymer plates can struggle with putting impression down on dense materials. Plastic or Magnesium plates do not have the density to hold tiny details on something like chip board. We opted for a 16 gauge copper plate mounted to our Boxcar base. We used the same double sided adhesive that we use on our polymer plates. Worked great, used an ink knife and a little solvent to gently pry the plate loose after printing.

  • How can we get the book, check for prices and shipping fees?.

  • Amazing news! Congratulations!

  • I’m blown away by the beauty of this book! From the colors to the design to the printing — it’s gorgeous.

  • Your letterpress is to die for. Beautiful design work. Whoever says print is dead hasn’t used a letterpress before. fact.

  • Where did you get the book board? I have been looking for book board like the one you used but I haven’t found any. The kind I usually get isn’t very good looking if you want to do a raw cover like that.

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