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Lettering to Letterpress: From Screen to Printed Page
Spencer Charles and David Wolske
June 11–13
Thursday & Friday, 9:00-5:00; Saturday, 10:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, Marriott Library, Level 4

Take digital lettering to new depths during this three-day intensive with Spencer Charles, one of the rising stars of contemporary typographic design. Participants learn the tools and techniques to make a curvaceous catchword, magnificent monogram, pithy phrase, or dynamite drop cap. Output finished vector drawings to photopolymer plates and produce letterpress printed in limited editions. Printing experience is not necessary, but a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is strongly recommended.
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Spencer Charles is a typographic designer and letterer residing in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from the University of Utah, his interest in hand lettering developed as a chalkboard/signage artist for Whole Foods. In 2011, he moved to New York to work as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd, a design studio specializing in logo, food package, and book design. He is currently working independently and is expanding into typeface design and illustration.
David Wolske is Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) and Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David’s letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director’s Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.


The Malby globes
Katharine Coles
Salt Lake City: University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Book Arts Program, Red Butte Press, 2009
PS3553 O47455 M53 2009

From the colophon: “To commemorate the rededication of the J. Willard Marriott Library on October 26, 2009, the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press produced this keepsake. Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles and artist Mary Toscano responded to the newly refurbished Malby Globes housed in the library. Designer David Wolske brought the elements together, and Program staff printed the broadside in the Book Arts Studio.” Edition of three hundred and seventy-five copies. University of Utah copy is no. 264, signed by the poet and artist.


Free Amos Kennedy
Salt Lake City, UT: Book Arts Studio, 2011
Z256 F74 2011

Broadside advertising the closing reception of the AIGA exhibition, “50 Books/50 Covers,” with a screening of the film, “Proceed and Be Bold.” From the colophon: “Design and letterpress printing by Spencer Charles and David Wolske…”

Rare Books is pleased to support the Book Arts Program with its historical, fine press, and artists’ books collections.