Switching the website from steam to electric power.
This is the first post in what will become the new Cranky Pressman blogging space. The old posts are still sitting in a dusty box somewhere over in the main site area but will no longer be easily accessed without a lot of swearing and hunting around.
Below are links to our entire previous blog archives. This only amounts to a handful of useless babblings but here they are if you are interested:
Video of Keith Berger, the Cranky Pressman, taking the stage at the recent Pecha Kucha Cleveland 8 event and lecturing for over 6 grueling minutes about creating design and artwork for letterpress print production.
When Cranky Pressman letterpress printing shop was called upon by Jennifer Daniel to print her new business cards my delight could hardly be contained to find out that Ms Daniel had diversified her business even further to now offering professional unicorn grooming services.
July 30th, 2010 Keith (the Cranky Pressman) gives a presentation at PechaKucha Cleveland Volume 8. The title is Let Letterpress Be Letterpress - Tips on designing for the medium. This is an advanced look at a few of his slides.
A look at old-timey pieces created to promote the new digital media company Shadow Works. Post also contains links to the Cranky Pressman's various run-ins with social networking.
Cranky Pressman is pleased as Punch to have our piece included in the Society of Illustrators "Annual Exhibition: Illustrators 52". The work we call 'Old Creative Juices' was created by our old friend the talented and witty David Flaherty. See the piece here.
After a slow season in 2009, wedding plans and bridezillas began moving ahead again at full force in 2010. Letterpress printing orders were up and love was in the air mixed with the smell of ink cleaning solutions. Cranky Pressman are professional letterpress printers serving graphic designers.
A little self-promotional calendar we created at the end of 2009. Sorry but they are all gone.
A 2009 holiday greeting letterpress printed by Cranky Pressman and designed by Parliament of Owls a design collective made up of three ladies who seem to have plenty of mirth, gaiety and creativity to go around.
Stationery and identity project for International Justice Mission (IJM) a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. The piece illustrates how letterpress print is not just for lighthearted work but also is very effective for bringing a feel of sophistication, importance and professionalism to institutional or business communications.
Our second posting of holiday cards produced in 2008 we featured the work of a stationery designer for whom Cranky Pressman prints. Sarah Marie greeting cards often have a whimsical retro style well suited for letterpress printing.
It's that magical time of year again when thoughts turn to self promotion, client Christmas Cards and the joys of holiday production schedules. Mr. Scruge himself looks as holiday cards we produced.
The five stocks in the Cranky's Choices range are produced by different paper mills and were selected for creative versatility, letterpress printability, and ecological friendliness. They also go together nicely so can be mixed and matched in multi-piece print design projects. Matching house envelopes are also available for each stock.
Design and produce custom letterpress calendars like the ones that used to hang in greasy gas stations and cheesy ice cream shops everywhere. Stocky Weight Calendars from Cranky Pressman make great advertising vehicles. Nothing says more about a company than knowing what year it is.
We think it's very appropriate and pleasing that on the day before we officially launch our new website our good friend Mikey Burton is featured on one of our longtime favorite sites Grain Edit. Both are fantastic ambassadors for the craft of letterpress.
Our first post on the first attempt at this website. Thanks for your interest in Cranky Pressman.