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Extra Punctuation

Human interaction is based on a mixture of verbal and nonverbal communication. We mostly use the verbal part to convey information, while relying on the nonverbal to express our intent, feelings and attitude towards what is being said. This has always raised a challenge for the written language, with some solutions being sought, for marking […]

Wood Type for Beginners

Petrescu Press recently had the pleasure to take part in a project with Julie Bellier and Catherine Staebler, from Atelier bipoint, and may have very well created the very first set of wood type for beginners. The idea belongs to the two French designers, and came from the necessity of making letterpress printing more accessible […]

Questa Grande Project

This summer Petrescu Press was contacted by Mr. Thomas Gravemaker who leads Letterpress Amsterdam for a wood type project. It involved the bringing together of typeface designers, the wood type maker and letterpress printer for a first time in modern times. The typeface is Questa Grande, from the Questa font superfamily, these are some of […]

Wood blocks in Heraldry

This is a letterpress project developed by Petrescu Press, that for several reasons, we decided to take the time and write about; these are some of them: – the entire project is started from scratch, the design that was first to be conceived, with the wood type made after; – the design is made so […]

Assab Futurismo Typeface

Redesign and Wood Type by Petrescu Press This project started with Mrs. Mary Jane Curry’s initiative, who discovered it, and wished to have a wood type set with this typeface. She co-opted Mr. Walters, who also became very excited by this endeavor, and the opportunity to print with ”this wild 1920’s typeface”. He provided us […]

Letterpress revival

I will write a few words about the present position of letterpress revival. Of late years, a kind of revival has been going on, as a protest against the conviction, with all our modern advanced technology, mechanical achievements, comforts, and luxuries; life is growing “uglier every day”. In the first place, the very fact that […]