• Steven Heller

Ink Looks Better on Paper

A dagger (†) is a symbol used in typography to indicate a footnote if an asterisk has previously been used. A double dagger (‡) with two crosses routinely indicates a third footnote.


Double Dagger is also the title of a 12pp broadsheet newspaper printed, according to People of Print, by “letterpress on a Heidelberg SBB Cylinder Press using type that has been machine set on a Monotype Composition Caster. This publication looks at the role of letterpress in the digital age as seen through the eyes of some of its most ardent practitioners.Double Dagger has been … entirely printed from hot-metal, wood and laser-cut type. The Monotype Caster, invented by Tolbert Lanston at the end of the 18th century, enabled the ability to produce individual hot-metal characters at a rate of three per second in justified or unjustified galleys of type. This was a breakthrough that spread beyond the worlds of publishing and printing.”


Issue 2 (Autumn 2017), edited and published by Pat Randle and Nick Loaring in the UK, is an homage to the venerable art of printing. Recently, it was a choice selection by the folks at Stack Magazines, the incomparable subscription service for indie newspapers and magazines. An interview with Randle can be found here. Don’t miss it.









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