The Common Press

The Common Press is the letterpress printing studio at the University of Pennsylvania. It is supported by a collaboration of interests at Penn, including writing (15th Room Press, Kelly Writers House), print culture (the Rare Book & Manuscript Library), and visual arts and design (the School of Design). The Common Press was founded on January 17, 2006, the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth. The Common Press provides a mixed media environment to support the teaching of design and fine arts to students, to encourage collaboration on projects across the university, and to expose students to contemporary print culture

Friday, December 19, 2008

HOLY TYPE!!!!!!!!

The Big Apple bears gifts on the "sixth borough," check it:


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Despite the lack of a tree, we rallied in the seasonal spirit Monday night with letter pressed holiday cards and screenprinted all night long!!!


Drums Like Machine Guns
Mincemeat or Tenspeed
Color is Luxury (Tylerfromsnowstorm + Charles Cohen)
Little Ocean


(All photos taken from art in the age....the best blog on the internet!!)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008


NOVEMBER 5, 2008

The evening began with an informal meet the artists (Paul Swenbeck, Triston Lowe, Andrew Jeffrey Wright) on a tour through the galleries of R. Crumb's Underground.
Following, Professor Matt Neff spoke about Swipe File, a new book by Charles Burns printed by Neff himself.
Finally, after grabbing cupcakes and coffee, members of the Common Press screenprinted on free Radical Art tote bags...

Andrew Jeffrey Wright, on tote bag, on beautiful lady.

Joyce wears a Paul Swenbeck Radical Art original

Manya and Sofie's Bullrider!!!! Ride that RadICAl Art!

Andrew Jeffrey Wright: SNOOOOOPPPy dog
coffee and cupcakes

printing printing printing printing

printing printing printing

Kaegan drinking coffee, black.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Charles Burns

Matt Neff entertaining Charles Burns at Penn

The Pod View

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

The Common Press participated in its first Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) on October 4th, 2008!

For those who didn't make it out on Saturday, Mali was selling her limited edition PUCKFUCKER T-shirts.
Time is running out!!! Get your PUCKFUCKER T-shirt today, and wear it on election day (not to the polls though, cuz thats illegal....?). Just shoot us an email ( for more information.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Joanna Drucker Workshop

Some highlights from last spring....