Since 2012 I have dabbled with using type-as-pixels (of sorts) to create analogue pattern and letterforms. In my get inky workshops I teach a typesetting exercise to create 4 letter words with only 3 letters, while playing in the print pavilion the notion of using analogue type sorts as a tool to shapeset words, images and numerals has been a growing obsession... and those of you who follow along on instagram may have seen I am currently fixated on the idea of creating analogue bitmaps to use letterpress as a medium to reference contemporary technology and digital typography.
I am really enjoying working with this process - so much so that I am itching to get out in the shed this afternoon to print! I hope to build the series into 26 (or perhaps ambitiously 52 for upper and lowercase?!) prints and look forward to sharing more as the series develops. But I wanted to post the type as Pixel 'g' and the Analogue Bitmap 'Q' - two prints I just submitted for the Ditchling Interrobang exhibition. There is still a few days left to get your submissions in and I strongly encourage anyone involved with letterpress to get involved and help to make interrobang (and random spectaculars new book) are great representation of what is happening with letterpress print craft worldwide!