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Cranky Pressman
Salem, Ohio
Stickler for detail.
Interests: music, gardening, craft, history, art, design, politics, bookbinding, typography
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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!
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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
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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
Thanks for the post. We appreciate you noticing and the attention. Yes, the official blog part of our site is a tad neglected at times. It's just so hard for old folks to find the time to do real posts with all the tweeting, pinning and other things one must 'post' these days. Actually though, we have been thinking a lot recently about what we could do with the blog and have some interesting ideas. I guess that is the first step towards doing! Thanks again.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2012 on Featured Blog: Cranky Pressman at Everything Typepad
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Everything said in the last post is still ongoing except we are now quoting projects and taking on new work and customers with open arms and toothless smiles. E-mail us with your job details and we will act very helpful and appreciative. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at CrankyLog
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Final details are still being illegiblly scrawled out, but Cranky Pressman is planning new products and services we hope will make letterpress production easier, more creative and affordable for our customers. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at CrankyLog
Keith, Jamie & the whole cranky crew wish you much holiday mirth and merriment. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2011 at CrankyLog
Curated by April Sheridan and Nick Sherman, Wood Type Evolved opened a couple of weeks ago and runs into December. It explores new art being made with traditional printer's materials and is a fantastic show that I throughly enjoyed and recommend. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at CrankyLog
Okay folks we have a winner in both categories. Scott T. McClelland was the first to answer what's wrong with the picture. There is indeed too much paper loaded in the machine for it to work properly. Then while all the comments displayed untold hilarity, we are giving the humor award to Dennis Couch for his extreme confusion and idiocy. So a How poster print will be going to each of you two fellows. However, since we are such nice guys, we'll be sending all who commented a set of Cranky coasters as a consolation prize. Sort of like Oprah, everyone is a winner except instead of cars you get some dusty old self-promotional junk we have lying around the shop. I will be contacting each of you to get a mailing address. Thanks for playing.
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