Letterform Archive Publishing

Drawing from our collection, we publish beautiful and useful books for lovers of graphic design and typography.

Only on Saturday

Archive Book No. 3

Only on Saturday: The Wood Type Prints of Jack Stauffacher

Only on Saturday. Hardcover, 10 x 14 inches, 208 pages, 4-color throughout, printed with UV drying. Regular: Scuff-free velvet-touch matte laminate case wrapped with a jacket printed on uncoated paper. Deluxe: Hardcover with a portfolio of 10 facsimile reproductions and 10 impressions made with Stauffacher’s own wood type, bound and slipcased in dark green silk.

Discover the experimental prints of San Francisco typographer and designer Jack Stauffacher, who reimagined type as a subject fit for modern art.

Only on Saturday is the first book on Jack Stauffacher’s wood type prints, which the legendary designer created on the weekend as a playful antidote for client work. Made with a grabbag of worn wood letters, the work’s dynamic compositions and inventive printing methods explore surface, form, and color; today, they are in the permanent collections of many major museums. Expertly edited and handsomely designed by long-time Print contributor Chuck Byrne, Only on Saturday traces the development of this AIGA medalist through hundreds of meticulous reproductions of his work and illuminating essays from his collaborators.

Please pledge on Kickstarter so Letterform Archive can preserve Stauffacher’s work and tell his story in this beautiful volume.

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Archive Book No. 2

Morla : Design

Morla : Design. Hardcover 10×10×2¼ inches, 432 pages (400 matte art + 32 vellum), CMYK with stochastic screening + 3 fluorescent inks + 1 metallic ink, 2 fluorescent bookmark ribbons, fluorescent page edging. Regular cover: features a debossed case wrapped in soft, sophisticated vegan leather. Deluxe cover: features an innovative vacuum-formed front cover fit over a vegan leather case, all protected by a debossed clamshell box. 

From powerhouse designer Jennifer Morla, this tome of award-winning graphics is a gorgeous and inspiring design resource — and a marvel of print production.

Morla : Design is a dynamic and essential monograph spanning the 40-year career of one of our most celebrated contemporary designers. With a preface by Paula Scher and a foreword by Erik Spiekermann, this retrospective book shares 150+ projects in print, branding, packaging, web, and retail store design, as well as offers a glimpse into the creative process of this vital artist. Printed with fluorescent and metallic inks throughout and covered with an innovative vacuum-formed cover, Morla : Design is an art object in its own right. Learn more.

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Archive Book No. 1

W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design

W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design. 9×11 inches, 496 pages, over 1200 illustrations, hardcover, sewn construction. Deluxe edition: Special binding, leather spine, signed and numbered letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s writings, slipcase.

Written and designed by Bruce Kennett, with a foreword by Steven Heller, this is the first biography of one of the most innovative designers of the 20th century.

Often credited with inventing the term “graphic design,” W. A. Dwiggins was a quintessential maker—fabricating his own tools, inventing techniques, and experimenting with design in areas as wide-ranging as modular ornament, stamps, currency, books, kites, marionettes, and theatrical sets and lighting. More than any of his contemporaries, he united the full range of applied arts into a single profession—designer. Despite this, a thorough study of Dwiggins had never been published, until this thoroughly researched, engagingly written, and handsomely designed biography. Learn more.

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