Ham at 20 is a collaborative poster project celebrating the twentieth anniversary of The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. For each month of 2019, a new poster (or two!) will be released via the Hamilton website shop in an edition of 50; 25 will be reserved for year-end portfolios that include all prints. The posters are being created by a roster of accomplished letterpress printers and promising up-and-comers starting in the field.
Ben Blount was born and raised in Detroit. He is a designer and letterpress printer who loves books, type, and putting ink on paper. His work often explores questions of race, identity, and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. Ben is a believer in the power of the printed word and has traveled throughout the US teaching and speaking about design, letterpress, and making things that matter. Ben learned a lot about design at Washington University in St. Louis, a lot about printing at Columbia College Chicago, and filled in the gaps with mentors and lots of practice. He currently prints out of his storefront studio in Evanston, IL.
What Hamilton means to me:
I love printing with wood type. I like the physicality of it. I like having to make design choices based on limited font options. I like that each piece of wood type is finished by hand. Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is the wood type mecca and a welcoming community of mentors and friends. It’s been a great pleasure teaching, learning, laughing, and sharing over my three visits to the museum. With each visit I learn something new and invariably meet cool and interesting people. I can’t wait for my next trip to Two Rivers.