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Angel Bomb, Minneapolis, MN

Design agency & letterpress printing - using Gmund Heidi for a Homage to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

"Angel Bomb is a full service graphic design and letterpress printing shop in Minneapolis, MN, USA. I first started Angel Bomb in 1997 and added letterpress in 2006. Letterpress has been a great addition and allows us to use many unique and heavy paper stocks that just wouldn’t work on an offset press and this style of printing works very well with our aesthetic. When we’re not working on client projects, we’ll make greeting cards, prints, and fine art books.

When I was growing up, I read lots of classic horror novels from the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Mary Shelley. Horror stories have a special place in my heart and I love curling up with a good book and imagining things that go bump in the night. Recently, there was an exhibit at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts that was celebrating the 200th anniversary of the writing of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I wanted to pay homage to this classic story and designed a mini version of the book to vend from a vintage cigarette machine. The book is an accordion fold, three color, letterpress book that fits inside a small box which has the appearance of a leather bound book.

I wanted to use distinctive paper and was drawn to the Gmund Heidi line because of it’s beautiful thickness and rich patina. We used Faded Grey 330g/m2 for the interior pages and bound it with Dull Black 530g/m2. The paper did cost more than some of our other options, but the delicious tactile nature of it and the perfect colors made it an easy decision. It also takes an impression exceedingly well.

This is our third book after a letterpress graphic novel and activist pamphlet. We wanted to try something unique to draw people to it, and so found an old cigarette machine that would encourage interaction. The old analog nature of the machine is perfect for an artifact created on an old analog press."


Todd Thyberg, Owner/Creative Director Angel Bomb
1500 Jackson St. NE, Suite 271
Minneapolis, MN 55413



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