A23D 3D-printed letterpress font shown at london design festival
images courtesy of new north press and chalk studios




collaboratively created by new north press, A2-type and chalk studios, the ‘A23D’ is a 3D-printed letterpress font that was exhibited at the V & A museum as part of london design festival’s graphic weekend. the composition connects the newest and oldest forms of press-work by being fabricated using 3D-print technology and pressed in a traditional print studio. the form references the project’s manufacturing system nature with a wireframe mold construction. a documented film shows how scott williams and henrik kubel of A2-type and model-makers of chalk studios progress the project from preliminary sketches to the first inking.


the production documentation of the first uniquely designed typography
video courtesy of adrian harrison


the project was funded by the arts council




CAD software was used to construct the font


Es and Ss on the photopolymer print bed at chalk studios






A23D specimen poster series