A2/3D: a 3D-printed letterpress font




12pm - 12.30pm, 2.30pm - 3pm, 4pm - 4.30pm, 5pm - 5.30pm

Free Event


Connecting the newest and oldest forms of printing, this film documents the design of a new typeface, fabricated as a physical font using 3D-print technology, and put to work in a traditional letterpress print studio.

The screening will be introduced by Richard Ardagh, of New North Press, who commissioned the project, and accompanied by a demonstration of the font being printed throughout the day.

New North Press specialises in traditional letterpress printing, a craft long in decline with the rise of modern print technologies. With wood and metal fonts no longer in large-scale production, it's a technique constrained by antique tools. 3D-printing has been heralded as 'the second industrial revolution' and presents an opportunity to see what the pinpoint accuracy of additive manufacture can achieve. This film documents how a new font was born, charting the progress of renowned typeface designers A2-Type and specialist model-makers Chalk Studios from preliminary sketches to first inking and printing at New North Press.

This project was made possible by Arts Council England.

New North Press

New North Press is an artisan letterpress print studio in east London. Since establishing in 1986 we have amassed a substantial library of type, both wooden and metal, which we set by hand and print on Albion presses.

We teach regular introductory workshops, work on commissioned projects and produce our own print editions and books. In 2010 we curated Reverting to Type, an exhibition of contemporary letterpress artwork, showcasing prints from twenty progressive practitioners around the world.

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