Tag Archives: mid-century

Three Steps Ahead T-Shirts

New graphic tees from Three Steps Ahead

Do you lack graphics on your t-shirts? Do you lack shirts in general? Do you want to dance? If you answered yes—or no—to any of these questions, don’t despair! Our new line of graphic t-shirts is now available on Etsy. Shown above, left to right, are The Maker Tee, Go Beyond, and Science! More designs on our […]

Colby Poster Printing Co. (Still from 3 Union Shop)

Colby Poster Printing Mini-Documentary

Just had a chance to watch the beautiful 3 Union Shop, a short documentary about the Colby Poster Printing Company, written and co-directed by C. R. Stecyk III of Dogtown fame: I’ve been collecting Colby posters for a few years (they even had a role in inspiring some of my wedding collateral), and I had the […]

Jasmine & Yale’s Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Our friends Jasmine & Yale are getting married soon, and Alyssa and I decided to go all-out with our letterpress habit to create their invitations. The design process started on the computer, but the goal from the start was to create something really special, where the computer would only play one part of the tune. […]

Best Gift Ever: Linotype T-Shirt

Alyssa just made a masterpiece of a t-shirt based on the cover of a 1951 book called The Linotype Handbook for Teletypesetter Operation. Just in time for the screening of Doug Wilson‘s Linotype: The Film this Saturday, March 17, at the International Printing Museum. The t-shirt was stenciled and then hand painted to bring out […]

Duro Decals Box o’ Typography

The Duro Decals brand, which still exists today, has been knocking out good, wholesome, sturdy display type and lettering (in decal, sign, and stencil form) since 1938. The Chicago-based company begat “Duro Dan,” their quirky advertising mascot, a sort of elvish, mustachioed gnome-like character that touted Duro’s wares during the middle of the 20th century. […]