Book Title: The 2003 Anthology of Short Fiction

Client/Publisher: Seattle Country Day School / M2 Press (2003)

Role: Design, typesetting, copywriting

Author: Various young adults

Size: 5.5 x 8 inches, perfect bound

Each year, during his tenure at Seattle Country Day School, English teacher Dave Pippin rallied his 5th-grade students to create an anthology of short fiction. The students spent most of the school year refining their work, preparing it for publication in the Spring.

I was recruited, as an extension of my week-long artist residency at the school, to design and letterpress print the cover. The 2003 edition was the second in a series of 3 anthologies that I designed & printed.

Inspiration came one Saturday morning from a cereal box, and soon the cover became an ad bragging of the healthy nutrients that can be had from a good daily dose of fiction. Student names are listed as the ingredients, and the Nutrition Facts on the back inform the reader of how much of their daily fiction requirement this book fulfills.

The cover was designed digitally and made into magnesium printing plates, which I then letterpress printed in an edition of 200 on a Vandercook SP-15 press. Mr. Pippin then had the covers bound to the interior book block, which he typeset himself. The books were presented to the students during their last week of school.


Amada Press is the private letterpress studio of Seattle visual artist & designer Amy Redmond. The main focus of her work is on handset typography using metal and wood type. Amy offers letterpress classes for beginning and advanced students through the School of Visual Concepts. Her professional design work can be viewed on AmyRedmond.com.

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June 9, 2003