The blog Beast Pieces, with a digital letterpress banner to boot, chronicles the creative work of Studio on Fire. The Minneapolis-based studio prints and custom designs an array of letterpress projects including invitations, business cards, promotional pieces, packaging, posters and more. From what I hear they are some of the best in the business. I've never been one to be up to date on the who's who of the who's who, but a few people I've talked to know of them and also rave, and I've run into them elsewhere on the wide world of the web.
The coolest thing about letterpress is the richness of color and the texture of the finished products. Even dark inks look rich, like the paper just sops them up. The variety of papers for use is also pretty cool. Different thicknesses and textures make patterns and impressions come to life in so many different ways. It's such a versatile medium.
Studio on fire isn't afraid to deviate from the norm. And their use of colors, patterns, and shapes make their work so much fun to peruse.
(This is one of my favorite business card examples, mostly because I like the logo... a lot)
It's also a lot of fun to look through their wedding invite packages. They do custom stitching and die cuts, and seeing how different people devise ways to present their information is just fascinating to me.
On their blog they often give insight into different letterpress processes, which makes me happy because I feel like I'm learning and can appreciate the art even more.
[Images from Beast Pieces]