Modern Wood Type

In a process moving from digital to manual, these beautiful woodblocks have been designed in Illustrator, laser cut and then printed by hand.

Produced by Nigel Bents, Paul Oakley and Jonny Holmes while at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London, the characters were based on a Bodoni poster typeface. The extreme stroke contrast has been used to house these playful decorative patterns.

The letters were cut from 3mm plywood then mounted on type-high blocks before letterpress printing at New North Press in Hoxton.

Even before inking, I love how the laser cutting has scorched a warm colour onto the wooden face of the letters.