Birth of a book

Bookbinding insight

Doco on the skill, art, craft of bookbinding – Don Taylor bookbinder


The art of print

Continuing the insight into the mechanics of print and behind the scenes – Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop gives us an insight into the hands on approach to creative letterpress print.

Foil stamping Moleskin

Another doco on print

A nice insight into offset printing and traditional printing and binding processes

Wings: Making the Field Notes 2010 Fall Edition from Coudal Partners on Vimeo.

Linotype: The Film Trailer

My passion for time past has not waned – when design and print was tactile, hands on – when you could touch, smell and physically engage with the process – so it’s a delight to see more documentaries being made that celebrate these times and the skills lost to technology. Linotype: The Film is about the revolutionary, for its time, Linotype typesetting machine and the people who keep it alive today. the film is still in production – follow their progress on Twitter @linotypefilm

Linotype: The Film Trailer from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo.

Think ink, making ink

Here’s an insight into the making of printing ink from The Printing Ink Company

A rough guide to screen printing

A recent graduate of design has put together this rough guide to screen printing – a nice insight into the process of taking design to screen printing on a small scale – despite the overpowering music track!

A pretty rough guide to screen printing from Andrew Bell on Vimeo.

Pictorial Webster’s – an insight into the craft of book making

Computers make the process of publishing shallow – we take for granted the effort we once needed to publish books – the amount of craft involved – the attention to detail and the exhaustive process – making a book was a serious consideration, unlike today where we can churn out publications in a fraction of the time.

This video documents the traditional book printing and binding processes, from original illustration blocks engraved in the late 1800s, to typesetting on the Linotype, to letterpress printing to traditional bookbinding, including leather cover and gold foil embossing to even include cutting finger tabs.

Pictorial Webster’s: Inspiration to Completion from John Carrera on Vimeo.

A good type

mmop openday

posters for sale on the day


The Melbourne Museum of Printing held a fund raising open day yesterday and they could not have been more please with the turn out – “a thousand times more people than we normally get!”. It was shoulder to shoulder throughout the museum – housed in a modest workshop in Moreland Street, Footscray, Melbourne. I’m sure for a lot of us this was our first visit, and I have always been meaning to go, but it took their cry for help to get myself there – and I’m pleased I did – it’s fantastic to see a place like this operating and demonstrating the printing process of the not too distant past.

They are currently under threat of eviction after 25 years – after the success of yesterday I hope they have managed to raise enough funds to keep this treasure running.

The photos here were taken on the day