I’ve commented on this notion in previous incarnations of this blog, but the thought returns again and again – and like Toad, our effervescent hero from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows – I feel lucky to have been carried away by this simply wonderful hobby/diversion called letterpress printing. The author says it this way:
“As if in a dream Toad found himself, somehow, seated in the driver’s seat; as if in a dream, he pulled the lever and swung the car round the yard and out through the archway; and, as if in a dream, all sense of right and wrong, all fear of obvious consequences, seemed temporarily suspended. He increased his pace, and as the car devoured the street and leapt forth on the high road through the open country, he was only conscious that he was Toad once more, Toad at his best and highest, Toad the terror, the traffic-queller, the Lord of the lone trail, before whom all must give way or be smitten into nothingness and everlasting night. He chanted as he flew, and the car responded with sonorous drone; the miles were eaten up under him as he sped he knew not wither, fulfilling his instincts, living his hour, reckless of what might come to him.”
That’s me and my letterpress. I can’t say it better. And if you haven’t read this delightful little jewel – you have not yet lived ‘the complete life’. Seek it out (alibris.com)
As I’m doing some design work for my next wedding invitation package … I’m reminded that often people think design starts on the computer. It almost never does. I’ve talked with a lot of other artists/designers … we almost always begin this way:
The hand and eye have better spatial instincts than any mouse trying to bully design software into submission.
This little journal holds a record of each job that goes on the press. To date (which kind of stuns me actually) there are 68 jobs recorded in this book. Each entry includes: job name, ink, quantity, run date.
I also record how long both the make-ready and run-time took for each job. This gives me good information from which to better estimate future jobs.
Well, this is where it get’s interesting (for me, anyway). It’s WordPress under the hood. I’ve built lots of static (and a couple dynamic) sites in the past but never a ‘socialized’ site. So, this is new territory. A socialized site is one that features a blog-engine and facility for linking to as many SM (social media) outposts as you wish, while also giving the developer full ability to build out a navigable site with whatever collection of pages is needed.
I looked at other blog-powered site platforms (moveable type, type pad, drupal) but I liked the fact that WordPress was open source which, in simple terms, means it’s driven by a community of volunteers and good-spirited do-gooders who maintain and improve the code and the supporting documentation. That documentation has been a swell help for a guy like me who knows html/scripting but hasn’t a clue about putting together a site like this. There’s a lot we’ll be doing with this in the weeks ahead … but in the meantime – yah WordPress !