Thursday, 24 June 2010

Down The Lane

Detail of Sauchiehall Lane on a rainy day. Original cobblestones, bit of tarmac and the dreaded double yellow lines.
From the front windows of Glasgow Press, we look out over a busy and varied world. Most of the time we are working too hard to gaze, but on the odd occasion that we do, we have witnessed some strange and interesting events. Particularly down the lane. A lot of stuff goes on down there, a lot of stuff.

Below is a view of Victoria Chambers from Sauchiehall Lane. That's us on the second floor of the red sandstone tenement.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

It's Natural

For many a long year, we've used reliable Dutch Greyboard for bookbinding, backing of pads, packing, coasters for mugs of hot chocolate and, in the modern age, mousemats.
We must confess, it's just been part of everyday life and we've hardly given it a second thought.
Now, in the 21st century, it's come into its own, as designers utilise this versatile stock in many creative ways.

Designer, joynevada matched the natural fibres and warm feel of Dutch Greyboard with the natural fibres of the cozy products of felted wool company, Fuzzystuff.
A perfect blend and into the bargain, this is a 100% recycled product with a high caliper to weight ratio giving a fine letterpress print impression.
Business cards, presentation packaging and promotional materials are letterpress printed pantone 341 on Dutch Greyboard 1150 micron.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Glasgow Press Printer's Mark

Our mark is based on the 'sign of 4' which has long been used by merchants to mark their wares. The sign of four was an outgrowth of an early Christian symbol, Chi Rho (XP), standing for Christus Rex in Greek letters; this was simplified to a reversed '4' in Medieval times.
We combine this with the 'orb and cross' which is one of the alchemical symbols for antimony, a key ingredient in the metal used for moveable type.

If you're interested in the history of Printers' Marks, more information can be found here:

Thursday, 10 June 2010


Everyone who looks upon this card falls in love with it. Designed by Graphical House for florist Lotte & Bloom, it has a tranquil and understated beauty.

Text is kept to a minimum, letterpress printed in green onto Colorplan mid green with buckram emboss. On the reverse, elegant floral etchings are portrayed in the same green ink on real grey.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Coming Up Trumps

Have you received your invitation to a one day site specific art event by Artist, David McCue?

Not if you're Donald Trump you've not.

We letterpress printed these in ink as black as the Earl of Hell's waistcoat and a fiery hot red foil onto Colorplan Natural 700gsm.
A visual record of the contentious issues currently being played out by man on the sands of wild and beautiful Balmedie.