Inside the mind of the Letterpress Monster

Designer and printer Ian Gabb’s new website, letterpressmonster.com, not only showcases his work, but also some of the printed ephemera he’s been collecting for a number of years, including matchbox labels, postcards, posters and records….

Designer and printer Ian Gabb’s new website, letterpressmonster.com, not only showcases his work, but also some of the printed ephemera he’s been collecting for a number of years, including matchbox labels, postcards, posters and records….

Gabb has been the letterpress technician at the Royal College of Art for over a decade, where he has become known affectionately as the Letterpress Monster, hence the name of the new site. His portfolio of colourful letterpress work is well worth checking out in its own right, as is each of the archives of “collections” also hosted on the site.

There are, for example, around 200 kitch-as-you-like LP sleeves from the 50s and 60s, and at least 700 scans of different 1960s matchbox labels mostly from East Germany and Czechoslovakia.


Of the collected imagery, Gabb says: “Both sublime and ridiculous, and sometimes both at the same time, these items appear only as a guide to the inner workings of [my] mind. I’m adding to the collection all the time – it’s a never-ending work in progress.”

The site was built by Julia, a London-based studio comprised of three former tutees of Gabb, Valerio Di Lucente, Erwan Lhuissier and Hugo Timm.

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