"The concentric canals of Amsterdam form a perfect structure to for the Archie's Press sentiment (in fact, this was the second map I ever made and probably influenced my use of circles). I spent a summer in the city when I was 23, totally broke, exploring the ancient cobblestoned streets on a borrowed bike, living in a borrowed apartment. I ended up having some of the most memorable experiences of my life here, and love going back to see the grachts." -Archie
ABOUT THE IDEA Information is more fun to read when it's beautiful. These charts and maps are designed with hours of research, reassembling data into a brain-friendly aesthetic. The information is edited significantly, avoiding the "dazzle" effect which occurs when our eyes are battered with too much information. Letterpress makes it even more gorgeous.
ABOUT LETTERPRESS PRINTING Letterpress is a very complicated and expensive printing method that I am obsessed with. All letterpress prints are slammed with 600 pounds of pressure, creating a deep, tactile texture. The ink gets embedded into the thick soft paper so it won't fade within your lifetime.
Your local frame shop is going to do a better job than anyone else. There's a reason this craft endures and cannot be automated: It's skilled work that is best done face-to-face in physical space.
8" x 8" Letterpress Print
Printed by hand in NY, NY.
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