Thursday, January 16, 2014

Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design

I was recently invited to UTEP to help judge their Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. UTEP is having a number of anniversaries this year and thought it might be a good idea to have the first recipient of the award (1991) over to help judge, if still alive. Amazingly, I still am. The co-judges were excellent as were a number of works submitted. They are notifying the winners but it would be presumptuous for me to mention these at this point. At any rate, I was amazed at how El Paso has changed in the last twenty plus years and how the University has grown. I can see this as the up and coming locus for the printing book arts. Stay tuned.

Added: Official announcement.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Oral History Interviews

Today, my oral history interviews at UCLA Library′s Center for Oral History Research were completed. That was kind of fun to do. The complete transcript of the interviews will eventually be available in their collection.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Forthcoming Otis College of Art & Design and APHA (So Cal) event

I will be giving a demonstration and lecture titled The Photopolymer Plate Process & Refined Typography on the Letterpress Printed Page for the American Printing History Association, May 4th at Goldsmith Campus, Otis Laboratory Press, Otis College of Art and Design.

Go to announcement.

A letterpress printed keepsake will be given to attendees.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Master Printer Workshop with Gerald Lange

Offered is a special advanced one-day workshop with me(!) at the Irvine Fine Arts Center.

From the announcement: This course is designed to expose participants to Gerald Lange's years of knowledge on the operation and maintenance of the Vandercook printing press. Explore the finer points of composition, typographic design, and presswork. Special attention will be paid to proper make-ready, press adjustments, ink and inking, preparation of printing surfaces, press editioning, and more [and I should add, the improbable stories will flow].
Saturday, November 17, 2012
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Course #116234
Register today at or call us at 949.724.6880
14321 Yale Ave Irvine, CA 92604 | 949-724-6880

Bieler tee-shirts

I have it on good authority that JJ Abrams (Bad Robot) was seen wearing one of our tee-shirts!!!.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Printing Letterpress for Over a Quarter of a Century Exhibition

Printing Letterpress for Over a Quarter of a Century

Exhibition at Denison Library in Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the Scripps College Press.

Scripps College, Claremont, California. October 24 to December 4, 2012

Includes The Bieler Press!!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

New Deadline for submitting files to Tamburello

Our photopolymer plate clients should note that a new deadline for submitting e-files to Tamburello Productions, is 3 pm, for early morning delivery the next business day. Please also note that all film negatives submitted to us (from any supplier) need to arrive by 10:30 pm for same day processing.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Letterpress Roundtable III

I participated in Boxcar Press's The Letterpress Roundtable, Part III: Shop Tool Star. I like this little thing they have going.

For more tips on tools and ad hoc solutions, go to our Tips and Tricks page.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Vandercook 100

Heather Mitchell's anthology of Vandercook Printers, The Vandercook 100, is recently released by JustVandy. It is available from Amazon. Extraordinarily fine production. I'm one of those lucky 100.

Richard Bigus fonts

Back in March of 2010, The Bieler Press produced a broadside showing a specimen of the metal foundry typeface Claudius Fraktur. It also introduced (as the colophon) the first showing and letterpress printing of a digital font, BigSpur, designed by Richard Bigus, the highly respected fine press printer/publisher (Labyrinth Editions). It has the best built-in kerning I have ever had the pleasure of setting with. Recent news is that his second typeface, BigSans, has been accepted by Monotype Imaging for distribution later this year on their site.

Richard is currently working on a new typeface, OldStyle Roman, a Jensen, and we will be printing some letterpress specimens of this in the near future. It is possible that these and other material could evolve into the publication of a small pamphlet showing the proof states and revisions of the font. Stay tuned.