Archive for the ‘craftsmanship’ Category

A New Site for Horton Tank Graphics

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009


Art Larson has just published a new site showcasing his work as a letterpress printer in Hadley, Massachusetts. Art began his printing career in 1979, working with Harold McGrath and Barry Moser at the Hampshire Typothetae in Northampton, Massachusetts. From 1984 through 1987, he worked with Dan Keleher at Wild Carrot Letterpress before establishing his own shop, Horton Tank Graphics, in 1987.

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Moser's portrait of Larson as Victor Frankenstein

Since then he’s printed 30(!) editions for Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press, and dozens more for The Limited Editions Club, Pennyroyal PressELM Press, Wiesedruck, and  Double Elephant Press. Art specializes in composing insanely complicated pages (see the Gehenna Icones Librorum) and insanely complicated damp printing. He knows how to get things done.  Learn all about Art at

—Michael Russem

Craftsmanship in graphic design: what are your thoughts?

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

I received this note from Dutch graphic design student Yvonne van Wanrooij. I expect many you will have pointed thoughts on the subject.

My name is Yvonne van Wanrooij and I currently study graphic design at the arts academy in Maastricht (Holland). Right now I am graduating and my subject has to do with the craftmanship of graphic design.

Nowadays it seems almost nothing is produced by hand. In graphic design, at least, the Mac is the main instrument used to produce work.

I would like to know how people think of craftsmanship. Does the current society leave any place for craftsmanship? Does it have added value at this point in time? What does it entail? Is it purely a way in which to produce something, or does craftsmanship have to do with more: is it a way of life, a way to look at life?

If anyone could respond to these questions, it would be a great help to me and my research. Not only do I find it interesting to know how others feel about this subject, but others could bring me more clarity on the subject. Send your thoughts to this email:

Thank you!
Yvonne van Wanrooij