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Cranky Pressman
Salem, Ohio
Stickler for detail.
Interests: music, gardening, craft, history, art, design, politics, bookbinding, typography
Recent Activity
Letterpress printed and foil stamped business card for Parse & Parcel paper consultants. Designed by Christine Wisnieski. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at CrankyLog
On December 9, 2014, frustrated by the overtaking of the worldwide world, letterpress printer Cranky Pressman created and mailed out a hand-crafted old-fashioned crank letter of complaint to the graphic design industry. The contents of the letter are here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at CrankyLog
Internet: Shiny, New, Dangerous. OPINION, By Mr. C. Pressman, Print Correspondent SALEM, Ohio, May 16, 1994 – We are standing on the precipice of a dangerous new horizon. Our government has unleashed a monster of epic proportions onto an unsuspecting population: a global, ever spreading virus of information that pours itself, unrelenting, directly into your wall sockets. And it cannot be stopped. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at CrankyLog
Cranky Pressman has something he would like to discuss with the world soon. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at CrankyLog
Cranky Pressman is moving its blog to tumblr Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at CrankyLog
Limited edition letterpress coaster art by Dylan Sisson for the Third Rail bar in San Francisco. Each of 6 coasters includes a different mixed drink recipe and tippsy character that's both of cute and creepy. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at CrankyLog
I'm pleased (as a miserable old sourpuss can be) to be included in the OH, Letterpress Exhibition at The Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland. Being commercial letterpress printers, I must admit that staring at a blank sheet of cotton paper trying to come up with an idea suitable for an art show was daunting. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at CrankyLog
Cranky Pressman wishes you a jolly old Christmas! Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at CrankyLog
Earlier this year Cranky Pressman completed the Design Life coaster project for Anthem! Besides being tickled with the results, we think the work also illustrates valuable lessons in designing for letterpress printing. "Where is the edge?" -Brian Eno Each coaster includes a wise quote on creativity. The wise-ass tips I'm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at CrankyLog
Celebrating our favorite dead printer at tonight's AIGA Cleveland Day of the Dead event. We will be letterpress printing Johannes Gutenberg bookmarks at the Cranky Pressman table. Stop by and pick one up. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at CrankyLog
Information is a valuable thing. We plan to start sharing more of the useful tidbids picked up from the letterpress shop floor over the years starting with this dandy information wheel wedding invitation we recently produced for Guts & Glory. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at CrankyLog
Cranky Pressman has shared their blog Cranky Printery & Bindery
Sep 20, 2013
We threw a grease monky themed party recently and like a proper yahoo I never got around to thanking the young dudes that help us out. Much appreciation goes out to Eric Courtney, Todd Wendorff and the guys at Birdfish Brewing. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at CrankyLog
Getting all the graft ready for our party tomorrow night's party coinciding with the hotrod show in town. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at CrankyLog
Today's mini posting is a letterpress business card job for Amara Photo shown above. 3 spot color printing front and three different ink color changes on the back. Pantone-a-rama on Lettra 220# cover stock. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at CrankyLog
We have many good-looking print samples photographed and are diligently preparing them for posting. They will not just be used to release our supressed feelings of appreciation but also to demonstrate interesting use of letterpress printing. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2013 at CrankyLog
Introducing computer enhanced letterpress, bringing the speed and precision of digital devices to letterpress capabilities and thus bringing letterpress firmly into the late 20th Century! Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at CrankyLog
So Jason is back and making up for lost time on the press right now. No lunch for him this week but food on the table at home I guess! I think he is pleased. There was one calendar winner from the blog comments. liz@lifedreaming please email me a mailing address where your calendar can be sent.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2013 on Should the snake get his job back? at CrankyLog
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Apparently, 2013 is the Chinese Year of the Snake. This somehow made it acceptable in Jason's mind to use valuable paper stock and ink materials for his hand-set wood and metal type letterpress printed serpentine creation. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at CrankyLog
And the final book winner is Sylvia. This is not only because of her over-gushing love of paper, but because she understands that overlapping two ink colors is as old gal Martha Stewart would say... a good thing. Thanks everybody for playing along. We appreciate all the comments.
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2012 on Cranky curates a book. at CrankyLog
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He likes tedious work, unpredictable accidents and human error but we won't hold that against him, so JooHee Toon is our second book winner. Actually we very much agree with JooHee and wish more people would just loosen up.
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Okay, a day late but the first winner of the book is... Daniel Kearsey. Anyone who uses grandpa and trade in the same sentence knows how to get to an old guy. Well done Danny Boy. The other two winners will be announced soon.
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2012 on Cranky curates a book. at CrankyLog
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Thanks everyone for the comments. I feel the inky passion in them all. We are about to choose our three winners but see there are a few commenters who did not include a URL or other way to be reached. If your comment is one of these please email me at jamie(at)crankypressman(dot)com so I can contact you!
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2012 on Cranky curates a book. at CrankyLog
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Last year we had the pleasure of working on a book project with Lark, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, and are happy to say it is now out! PUSH Print discovers the passion of 30+ contemporary print artists pushing the limits with their innovative work. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at CrankyLog
Once again, like a bad case of hives, I return after a long spell away. Stand by for some new posts and interesting announcements very soon. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at CrankyLog