Paul Moxon ran a two-day work­shop on Proof Press Finesse, i.e. pro­fes­sional prac­tice on a Van­der­cook at San Fran­cisco Cen­ter for the Book. Paul is not only the man behind the Van­der­cook web­site, but also a mas­ter printer and a very nice fellow.

We all learned a lot, got on well together and had a good time. While every­body else was busy get­ting their hands dirty, I took dozens of pho­tos. I did learn to print ages ago and have my own Kor­rex in Berlin, so for me it was more about get­ting famil­iar with the lead­ing brand of proof presses in the US. After the first day, I even­tu­ally gave up con­vert­ing from inches to met­ric and suc­cumbed to the archaic (and aptly-named) Impe­r­ial sys­tem. Duodec­i­mal doesn’t frighten me, as that is what typog­ra­phy is all about, but dec­i­mal inches seem to be a con­tra­dic­tion in terms.

Workshop impressions

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