As part of an ongoing collaboration with Houston independent bookseller Brazos Bookstore, Workhorse Printmakers and Spindletop Design created 2014’s Banned Books Week ephemera with an eye toward the subversive. Designed to be partially letterpress printed on-site on the day of the event, this seeming tribute to authoritarianism and censorship contains a hidden message.

Letterpress printed Banned Books 2014 Decoder Print for Brazos Bookstore by Workhorse Printmakers
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Full print view.

 

Letterpress printed Banned Books 2014 Decoder Print for Brazos Bookstore by Workhorse Printmakers
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Detail of the lens over the print.

 

Letterpress printed Banned Books 2014 Decoder Print for Brazos Bookstore by Workhorse Printmakers
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Detail of print. The blue and red inks had to be adjusted just right so that the red lens would blend with the red to reveal the message underneath clearly.

 

Letterpress printed Banned Books 2014 Decoder Print for Brazos Bookstore by Workhorse Printmakers
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Message decoded.

 

Letterpress printed Banned Books 2014 Decoder Print for Brazos Bookstore by Workhorse Printmakers
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Bookmark decoded.

 

As seen on PaperSpecs and For Print Only. Recipient of the AIGA Houston Design Awards 2015 Judge’s Pick by Ellen Lupton.