This page contains common resources we use (or have used) to learn to print, launch this podcast and website, and more. It is regularly updated.
These are some of the books that are on our bookshelf and which we’ve referenced as we have learned letterpress printing.
Letterpress Printing, a Manual for Modern Fine Press Printers // A handy book with plenty of pictures.
General Printing // Considered one of the classics for learning letterpress. Almost like a manual.
Letterpress Business Guide // This is handy for starting a letterpress business. How to charge for your time, sell wholesale, etc.
Briar Press // An online forum that’s been around a VERY long time and has TONS of content. It can, however, be difficult to navigate and find exactly what you’re looking for since there’s so much information. You can also just sign up and post questions directly.
Letterpress Commons // An educational site created and funded by Boxcar Press with educational and helpful articles about printing letterpress.
Mama’s Sauce “Design Wise” // An amazing gem for design how-tos.
Boxcar // Their “Learn” section on the website is riddled with helpful videos and content.
NA Graphics — Based out of Colorado, they have a ton of supplies and equipment, much of which isn’t even listed on their website.
Boxcar — One of the best places to get your polymer plates. They also created the “Boxcar Base”, pretty much a staple in nearly all modern letterpress shops.
Letterpress Things — John Barrett’s shop in Chicopee, MA. He carries so many “things” for letterpress. A call or email is probably best to figure out if he has what you’re looking for.
BuyLetterpress — The “Boutique de Junque” … lots of letterpress things, including starter kits of more.
I used a paid WordPress theme called “Highend” for this website — it cost $59. It’s fantastic and feature-rich, but it’s not the easiest to get to know. I would suggest it if you’ve got time to figure it out OR really like the demos that they provide and plan to make your site look similar to theirs. The demo sites that you can import are a great feature.
More information on my WordPress Theme can be found here.
For website hosting, I lease a server from Amazon Web Services under their Lightsail umbrella. I would highly recommend their service if you know how to launch and manage your own server. They even provide server images with WordPress fully installed (courtesy of Bitnami). If you’re not as technically literate but still want a lot of control, I would suggest BlueHost. I have used them in the past and they offer fantastic support for “plug-n-play” WordPress sites. If you’re looking for super-simple, I’d suggest Squarespace. They’re even easier and they handle all of the logistics for you.
For email marketing, I use Convert-Kit. They’re relatively new to the game. They’re also quite expensive compared to some of the other email marketing companies out there, but they provide fantastic support for automation (which I like).
More information on my email marketing provider can be found here.
To learn to how to prepare and produce a podcast, I took an online course offered by Pat Flynn called Power-Up Podcasting.
This is the gear I used for recording, editing, and publishing podcast episodes:
Filter: Dragonpad Pop Filter
Shock Mount: On Stage MY-420
Mic Stand: Neewer Suspension Arm
Audio Hosting: Libsyn
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