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Type High Press | School of Visual Communication Design | Kent State University

Students in the Type High Press course employ graphic design skills with hand-operated printing presses.


Students employ present-day design skills with antiquated, hand-operated printing presses and movable type in the Type High Press Lab.


Type High Press

The School of Visual Communication Design houses a 1000 square-foot letterpress lab with a sizable collection of metal and wood type, four flat-bed presses, two platen presses and a polymer plate maker.
This unique lab is one of only a few in the country available for student experimentation with this traditional form of hands-on printing. It offers an opportunity for creative integration of various media in the printing process. Students in upper-level classes are able to explore materials and production processes that cannot be achieved through digital printing alone.

Featured below are images of the Type High Press workspace and production processes.



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