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  • Using a 19th-century hand press to teach history of printing technologies

    Photo of a woman pulling a lever on a letterpress while another student watches. They are framed by parts of the machine in the foreground.

    Illinois graduate student Martha Larkin pulls a lever to operate a hand press as students get hands-on experience with historical printing technologies. Ryan Cordell, a professor of information sciences and of English, created a book arts studio in the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab with the refurbished hand press and two other letterpresses to teach the history of printing technology.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To contact Ryan Cordell, email More information about Skeuomorph Press is available online.


    Skeuomorph Press is open to the public during some of the Fab Lab’s community hours. Check the Fab Lab’s website or email for information about community hours for the press.


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