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Letterpress Studio

Otis Letterpress Studio is a fully functioning letterpress studio with four Vandercook proof presses and over 200 fonts. Established in 1984 by Sheila de Bretteville as part of the Communication Arts Department, the LabPress has a rich history of small edition book publishing, introducing generations of students to the origins of typography and the notion of the book as a visual communications medium. Conceived as a laboratory for aesthetic exploration and a place for practical production, the LabPress is an integral part of the graphic design curriculum. It provides a key link between traditional tools and digital media. Students actively participate and produce award-winning books that have become a permanent part of rare book collections throughout Southern California. 

Otis Lab Press in O-Space
Otis LabPress Blog
Artists' Books Collection
Laboratory Press Collection of the Artists' Books

Open Lab Press Hours

Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 10:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday CLOSED
Friday 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday 9:00am - 1:30pm
Sunday CLOSED

Downloadable version [PDF]
Full Schedule (including class times) [O-Space]

Contact Us

(310) 665-6846 

labpress@otis.edu