Third Place is an independent Seattle book store that brings in national and local authors to do free public readings. Several times a year they dedicate a budget to produce limited edition letterpress printed broadsides for these events, which I design and then letterpress print. A select few of these prints are presented below. (Read more about the series.)

Border Songs by Jim Lynch

June 2009 (7 x 15 inches)

Printed in commemoration of author Jim Lynch and his June 2009 reading of Border Songs at Seattle’s Third Place Books. The design was created digitally and letterpress printed from photopolymer plates using a 1903 Colt’s Armory platen press.


The Three Incestuous Sisters by Audrey Niffenegger

October 2005 (7.25 x 18.25 inches)


Printed in commemoration of artist Audrey Niffenegger’s October 2005 visit to Third Place Books, in celebration of the commercial printing of her artist’s book The Three Incestuous Sisters.

The illustration and typography are Audrey’s, which I composed into this layout and letterpress printed from photopolymer plates on Magani Pescia paper using a Vandercook SP-15 press. The “red hair” is a piece of thread, which I sewed onto each of the 150 prints in the edition.


Blinding Light by Paul Theroux

2005 (11 x 15 inches)

Printed in commemoration of author Paul Theroux’s 2005 reading of Blinding Light at Seattle’s Third Place Books. The design was created digitally and letterpress printed from photopolymer plates using a Vandercook 4 press.


Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos

December 2008 (8.5 x 19 inches)

Printed in commemoration of Seattle author Stephanie Kallos and her December 2008 reading of Sing Them Home. The design was created on the computer and printed from photopolymer plates on Daniel Smith Lenox paper using a Vandercook SP-15 press.


West of Here by Jonathan Evison

february 2011

Printed in commemoration of author Jonathan Evison’s 2005 reading of West of Here at Seattle’s Third Place Books. The design was created digitally and letterpress printed from photopolymer plates using a 1903 Colt’s Armory platen press.


Surveillance by Jonathan Raban

February 2007 (9.25 x 14.5 inches)

Printed in commemoration of author Jonathan Raban’s February 2007 reading of Surveillance. Inspired by letter forms and ornaments found in a letterpress shop, the design was created on the computer and letterpress printed from photopolymer plates on Daniel Smith Lenox paper using a Vandercook SP-15 press.


The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon

May 2007 (11 x 15 inches)

Printed in commemoration of author Michael Chabon’s May 2007 reading of The Yiddish Policeman’s Union at Seattle’s Third Place Books. The design was created digitally and letterpress printed from photopolymer plates using a Vandercook SP-15 press.


So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger

JULY 2008 (15 x 11 inches)

Printed in commemoration of author Leif Enger and his July 2008 reading of So Brave, Young, and Handsome at Seattle’s Third Place Books. The design was created digitally and printed from photopolymer plates using a Vandercook SP-15 press.


Sunnyside by Glen David Gold

May 2009 (10 x 14 inches)

Printed in commemoration of author Glen David Gold and his May 2009 reading of Sunnyside at Seattle’s Third Place Books. The design was created digitally and letterpress printed from photopolymer plates using a 1903 Colt’s Armory platen press.


Joe Sacco Author Reading

September 2006 (8 x 18 inches)

Printed in commemoration of Portland, Oregon author/artist Joe Sacco for his September 2006 reading at Seattle’s Third Place Books. The illustration and typography are Joe Sacco’s, letterpress printed from photopolymer plates on chipboard using a Vandercook SP-15 press. Color was added by hand, using watercolor paints.


Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

April 2006 (7 x 15 inches)

Printed in commemoration of author David Mitchell’s April 2006 reading of his book Black Swan Green at Seattle’s Third Place Books. The wood type letter forms in the word “Mine” were scanned from hand-inked proofs I took of wood type in the School of Visual Concept’s letterpress shop, which were then combined with images and text composed digitally. The final print was printed on Magnani Pescia (an Italian cotton paper) from photopolymer plates using a Vandercook SP-15 press.


With over 18 years of experience in agency and studio settings, Amy Redmond is a visual designer who thrives on variety, creating print and interactive work for corporate and non-profit clients. To keep her creativity refreshed, Amy balances digital design with time in her letterpress studio (Amada Press) in Seattle. She also teaches at the School of Visual Concepts.