Speaking in Faces


Virginia Arts of the Book Center


We collaborated with the book artists at the VABC to produce Speaking in Faces, a massive type specimen book. The final publication included a primer on typography, twelve “artists' specimens,” and more than 300 cases of printed type.

After production of the letterpress, hand-bound books, we process high resolution scans, performed color corrections, and prepared a one-to-one size trade edition for educational purposes at the Book Center.




Graphic design, editorial design, writing, photo editing, letterpress printing

Photographs by Stacey Evans.

This artist specimen, one of our two, was particularly difficult. Rather than using photo-polymer, which letterpress printers can design on a computer to expedite printing, it is composed completely from lead type. Caslon Regular 10 point, set solid.