Interview with an oldschooled Printer


(Vimeo Direktprint, via Printeresting)

Grain & Gram (The new Gentlemans Journal) hat ein sehr schön gestaltetes Interview mit Nick Sambrato, der den Mama's Sauce Print Shop in Orlando betreibt und alte Druckmaschinen sammelt. Das Video oben ist nur ein ganz kleiner Ausschnitt aus dem ganzen Ding, unbedingt lesen… pure Print-Porn.

Letterpress machines are beautiful. They move incredibly — you instantly see the ingenuity behind it and think of the great minds that put this together. It’s mind boggling.

Modern machines lack transparency; like in our digital press, which is a plastic box. That’s probably why the clear neon computer tower you had in the late 90’s didn’t last. You make it transparent and there’s no gadgetry going on, so where’s the wonder? Charlie would have been severely disappointed if he had walked into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and it was all dip switches and circuit boards.

On the other hand, you flip on this letterpress and all of a sudden everything is moving around, the wheel is turning and paper is being picked up by a set of vacuum tips on these weird and crazy finger arms. You watch it work, you instantly think, "it’s so simple" (yet you could have never come up with the idea to create this thing on your own). You respect it. On the same hand you think, "I can fix this machine if it breaks" but if your copy machine breaks, you throw it out and buy new one.