Antwerp, the diamond capital of the world. 84% of the rough diamonds in the world passed through this city (specifically the Diamantkwartier) when it was at its height, but by now most of the diamond-cutting work has moved elsewhere. I worked with Roel Uleners, an Antwerp native on this one. Roel is donating his part of the proceeds to Alzheimer research in honor of his mom.
8"x8" Letterpress Print
ABOUT THE IDEA
Information is more fun to read when it's beautiful. I've designed these charts and maps with hours of research, reassembling data into a brain-friendly aesthetic. I edit the information significantly, avoiding the "dazzle" effect which occurs when our eyes are battered with too much information. Letterpress makes it even more gorgeous.
ABOUT LETTERPRESS PRINTING
Letterpress is a very complicated and expensive printing method that I am obsessed with. All letterpress prints are slammed with 600 pounds of pressure, creating a deep, tactile texture. The ink gets embedded into the thick soft paper so it won't fade within your lifetime. Read more about letterpress printing here.
Your local frame shop is going to do a better job than anyone else. There's a reason this craft endures and cannot be automated: It's skilled work that is best done face-to-face in physical space.
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