LetterMpress – the virtual letterpress app for the iPad – is now available on the iPad App Store. Here’s the opening section of its App Store description:
LetterMpress is a creative environment that lets you design beautiful compositions with vintage wood type and art cuts on a virtual hand-driven printing press.
LetterMpress gives you the experience of producing your designs on a letterpress — placing and arranging type on the press bed, inking, and then turning the hand crank to make a print.
Every step in the printing process is replicated on the iPad, to give you an authentic, interactive experience.
The app lets you design using authentic wood type and ‘vintage art cuts’, and create items including fine art style posters, signage, and lots more. This started off as a Kickstarter project and now it’s good to see it up and running.
Here’s an App Store link for LetterMpress; it’s priced at $5.99.
LetterMpress is an app that promises to provide a virtual letterpress on the iPad. It’s due to hit the iPad App Store in just a few days, on July 5th. This started off as a Kickstarter project (which I happily made a small contribution to) so it’s great to see that it not only got funded but is moving ahead with its iPad app launch.
The app aims to bring the art and craft of a traditional letterpress – from back in the days when typography was not all handled digitally – to the iPad. Version 1.0 of the app will come with 13 typefaces and 5 art collections.
LetterMpress is a Kickstarter project that’s all about appreciating, and breathing a bit of life back into, traditional letterpress printing. The project includes an iPad app, the acquisition of collections of authentic wood type, and the establishment of a new letterpres co-op called ‘Living Letter Press’.
Here’s the stated goal of the project:
Our goal is to give designers, artists, students, lovers of type—anyone—the ability to produce their own authentic letterpress designs and artwork.
LetterMpress, the iPad app, will be a virtual letterpress environment that allows anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints. You’ll be able to print your designs directly from the app, or save them for use in other apps. The app will include at least a dozen typefaces and around 50 art ‘cuts’ – and these will be expanded with updates to the app. It will be priced at $5.99.
Years ago I worked in a corporate design agency, way back in the days when traditional typesetting was still very much around and not yet replaced by digital processes – so this app / project has nostalgic appeal for me. And I put a bit of money where my nostalgia is as well – this is the first Kickstarter project I’ve ever contributed to.
Happily, the LetterMpress project has already well exceeded it’s funding target – and it’s still got 46 days to go.
To see all the details on this project, or to pitch in towards its funding, visit its Kickstarter page here: