Dafi with Angelina Lippert
Dafi with Angelina Lippert

Typographic Printing Program is not only for designers or letterpress printers. We encourage people with all levels of background to join the program. As long as you are motivated to learn and try out new approaches, anybody is welcome!

Angelina Lippert is a poster historian, dealing daily with curating but not exactly designing posters. She is the Chief Curator & Director of Content of Poster House in New York City. In order to truly understand the medium her work is focused on she spent her summer vacations in 2023 in Switzerland to do the Typographic Printing Program.

She wrote a detailed, personal, and honest review of her experiences in these two weeks for the Poster House. Thank you for that, Angelina! We wanted to share her valuable thoughts, so here are some quotes extracted from her reflection:

Mastering the spaces between letters by hand
Mastering the spaces between letters by hand
Angelina inking up type to check the kerning
Angelina inking up type to check the kerning

«The next day, we focused on kerning—mastering how the spaces between letters are determined by a typesetter. […] Never has a hairspace weighed so heavily on my soul.»

Guest lecturer Jiri Oplatek (Claudiabasel) showing his work
Guest lecturer Jiri Oplatek (Claudiabasel) showing his work

«I should also mention that the end of the work day did not generally mean the end of our time in the studio. We had a handful of great evening lectures throughout the program, introducing us to working designers outside of the field of letterpress.»

Adjusting the last details to finish up the final design of Angelina’s poster
Adjusting the last details to finish up the final design of Angelina’s poster
Angelina’s process
Angelina’s process

«This was without a doubt one of the most rewarding poster experiences I could have hoped for—and I really want to encourage anyone out there who thinks they aren’t enough of a designer to participate in something like this to reconsider that reflex. No matter what your skill level, being in an environment that meets you where you are and raises you up along with a group of beautifully supportive people is so rare.»

If you want to read Angelina’s review in full length, check out Poster House and read her article here.

Quotes and images by Angelina Lippert.