Kansas City

Roberto got roped into being my unofficial assistant for the day.  He did great.
Roberto got roped into being my unofficial assistant for the day. He did great.

My first order of business in Kansas City was a workshop at Willoughby design firm.  We were graced with spectacular weather and enjoyed a tasty KC BBQ feast before tucking into some printing.  We rolled with their (admittedly lofty) core mission of “Changing the World Through Design”, set some type, and printed some posters and postcards for everyone in the studio.  By the end, everyone was experimenting with overprinting and crazy compositions, which was awesome to see.  It was a really great afternoon, and hopefully fun and inspiring to the designers who came out.  Thanks so much for having me!

And then that evening, I was so thrilled to set up an event with Hammerpress!  I’ve admired their work for years, and had the pleasure of first visiting their shop in Kansas City about two years ago on a sweltering summer day… I cooled down by browsing their gorgeous shop and had a refreshing handmade snow cone from Fresher Than Fresh.  So I was super excited to have another chance to visit Brady Vest and the gang, this time with the truck.

Brady at the front desk
Brady at the front desk

I’m such a huge fan of their work.  They really have a way with ornaments and borders.  It’s like great classic American typographic design combined with Dada combined with awesome.  I’m particularly fond of this Calexico poster:

photo courtesy hammerpress.net
photo courtesy hammerpress.net

And, as I mentioned before, the shop itself is gorgeous – all exquisitely curated and staged.

books, bear
books, bear

The night was a blast.  We had coffee provided by Oddly Correct roasters, cold beer, and lots of folks coming through to make posters in the truck and rifle through Hammerpress’ bins of discount/reject cards.  At night’s end, we even printed a t-shirt for pressman Eric.

nice!
nice!

Thanks, Brady and co., for an awesome visit.  Til next time!

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