Author Archives: Fritz Swanson

Death of a Pressman

A remembrance of Tom Trumble, letterpress pressman, and a meditation on preservation and nostalgia        “In an era of stress and anxiety, when the present seems unstable and the future unlikely, the natural response is to retreat and withdraw from reality, taking recourse . . . in modified visions of a half-imagined...

Ink on Plastic

Small-town politics wrestles with the branding revolution ushered in by the Obama campaign.     In 2008 the political class of this country spent $5.3 billion on campaigns. One billion dollars of that went to the presidential contest alone. These are huge, industrial-scale investments, and at that level, the graphic design is as slick...