University of Arizona Students Print the Old-School Way
In the era of texting and tweeting, a centuries-old communication technique still has fans at the University of Arizona. A few times a week, 20-somethings gather inside a former campus eatery, leaving high-tech behind for a world of wood and metal type and hand-mixed inks at the UA Letterpress Lab.
Here, they create books, cards, posters and whimsy using techniques that date back to the 15th century when the printing press was born.
“It’s like jumping back in time,” said student Travis Boswell, 21, who packs a laptop and a smartphone when he’s not inking the 1910-era Chandler and Price press....