50 Awesome Letterpress Designs for Your Inspiration

Letterpress printing was invented in the 1440s by German Johannes Gutenberg. The letterpress printing frame held movable, reusable type, and the press was based on the wine press, with a large threaded screw that could apply pressure to the paper laid underneath the frame, which had been inked from leather covered ink balls.

As technology moved on, the letterpress machine became a little more sophisticated, although movable type continued to be used, so whole pages of type were painstakingly arranged, letter-by-letter, stroke-by-stroke, completely by hand.

Lithographic printing was introduced in 1796 and eventually became the main method of printing until digital printing was introduced in the 20th Century.

Letterpress Designs for Your Inspiration

Although lithographic printing more or less died out with the advent of digital printing, letterpress has continued and is still used for label-making and printing onto materials such as tubes as it is a stronger, longer lasting print method.

Recently there has been a resurgence of letterpress through craft printing, and customers have turned to letterpress for the crisp, clean results, particularly for such things as business cards and wedding invitations.

In this collection, we bring you an inspirational showcase of some classy and outstanding letterpress designs.

Awesome Letterpress Designs

Allie Creative
Allie Creative

Mei Yen Chua
Mei Yen Chua

Running Doves Press
Running Doves Press

Letterpress Cotton Business Card
Letterpress Cotton Business Card

Whitney Shaw
Whitney Shaw

Sandra Suy Contact Cards
Sandra Soy Contact Cards

Whatsup Juggling
Whatsup Juggling

Virginia Faircloth
Virginia Faircloth

Letterpress Business Card
Letterpress Business Card

Studio Lab Letterpress Business Cards
Studio Lab Letterpress Business Cards

Kyle Van Horn Business Card
Kyle Van Horn Business Card

Salt City Bakery
Salt City Bakery

The Mandate Press
The Mandate Press

Blue Bird Design Card
Blue Bird Design Card

Custom Letterpress Business Card - Boxcar Press
Custom Letterpress Business Card - Boxcar Press

Self Promotion Business Card
Self Promotion Business Card

Letterpress Business Card
Letterpress Business Card

Great Circle Biz Card
Great Circle Biz Card

Amamda Lucier Business Cards
Amanda Lucier Business Cards

Dariana Cruz
Dariana Cruz

Letterpress Business Card F256
Letterpress Business Card F256

Fresh Impression Card
Fresh Impression Card

Cleverly Gifted
Cleverly Gifted

My old card
My old card

My Old Red Hat
My Old Red Hat

Figments
Figments

The Royal Chains
The Royal Chains

Designspiration
Designspiration

Mattson Creative
Mattson Creative

Letter Pressed
Letter Pressed

6 Color Letterpress Business Cards
6 Color Letterpress Business Cards

A Letterpress Business Card
A Letterpress Business Card

Maria Bernal
Maria Bernal

Culinary Culture
Culinary Culture

Smart Penguin
Smart Penguin

Business Cards for Ellen
Business Cards for Ellen

Creative Letterpress Balsa Wood Business Cards
Creative Letterpress Balsa Wood Business Cards

Letterpress Heidi Five Studio Business Card
Letterpress Heidi Five Studio Business Card

Jason McGrew
Jason McGrew

Fizz
Fizz

Javier Garcia
Javier Garcia

Le Tank Creative
Le Tank Creative

Domestic Construction
Domestic Construction

Anick Bauer
Anick Bauer

John Henry Donovan
John Henry Donovan

Talka Realty
Talka Realty

CleanWash Letterpress
CleanWash Letterpress

Chris Kaufman
Chris Kaufman

Hail Design
Hail Design

Justin Anonuevo
Justin Anonuevo

Conclusion

Hopefully you have enjoyed viewing this list of outstanding letterpress designs. Which was your favorite? Do you think letterpress printing still has a place in our modern, fast-paced society?

Please share your opinions with us in the comments section below.

Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of Onextrapixel.